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July 1966

Congenital Melanoma of the Anterior Uvea

Author Affiliations

From the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1966;76(1):77-78. doi:10.1001/archopht.1966.03850010079015

The following case of congenital melanoma of the anterior uvea is reported because, as far as can be ascertained, it is unique in ophthalmic records.

Report of a Case  The patient was a 5-day-old infant boy, born at term by normal delivery from a multiparous mother aged 22 years. At birth the infant's left eye was expanded and appeared full of blood. The right eye was normal. Both the infant and his mother exhibited numerous pigmented cutaneous nevi. Two years after enucleation of the left eye the infant is alive and well and growing normally, and his mother is also alive and well.

Ocular Pathology 

Macroscopic Appearances.  —The enucleated left eye was hard and its anterior half was greatly expanded so that the cornea, which was dull blue in color, was disproportionately large. Blood was visible in the anterior chamber. The globe was opened by a parasagittal cut on the

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