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September 1964

Malignant Melanoma of the Choroid of a Peculiar Cavernous Type: Clinical Manifestation by Hemorrhage of the Vitreous Body

Author Affiliations

Copenhagen, Denmark
From the Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory (Head: S. Ry Andersen, MD).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;72(3):337-340. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970020337009

Major hemorrhage is not a characteristic feature of malignant melanomas of the choroid. According to some authors hemorrhage is even believed to militate against a diagnosis of melanoma.1 Hemorrhage into the vitreous in connection with choroidal melanoma is infrequent.

The present case is reported to call attention to a peculiar type of tumor with a characteristic structure and clinical picture.

Report of Case  A 55-year-old female patient with no previous eye or general diseases suddenly lost vision of her right eye two years before admission to the Ophthalmological Department of the Municipal Hospital in Copenhagen (case No. 262/63).In the meantime she had been observed several times by an ophthalmologist who found the vitreous body filled by hemorrhage and who was never able to see the eyeground.The same was true at the first examination in the hospital, but 1½ months later the hemorrhage had been absorbed so much

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