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August 1966


Arch Ophthalmol. 1966;76(2):308. doi:10.1001/archopht.1966.03850010310027

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To the Editor:  In the October 1965 Archives, there was a report by Hale, Allen, and Straatsma on benign melanomas or nevi of the choroid and ciliary body. The paper states that there is essential agreement among various observers as to the clinical features of choroidal nevi, including the absence of field defects.Because it is important to differentiate clinically between choroidal nevi and choroidal malignant melanoma, especially in these days when presumed small malignant melanomas are being treated by photocoagulation, I wish to call attention to a relatively recent clinical report on choroidal nevi (Tamler, E., and Maumenee, A.E.: A Clinical Study of Choroidal Nevi, Arch Ophthal62:196-202 [Aug] 1959). In this latter report, a surprising number (38%) showed a relative visual defect corresponding to the lesion.

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