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September 1974

Local Excision of Choroidal Malignant Melanoma: Full-Thickness Eye Wall Resection

Author Affiliations

From the departments of ophthalmology (Drs. Peyman and Apple) and pathology (Dr. Apple), University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Chicago.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1974;92(3):216-218. doi:10.1001/archopht.1974.01010010224008

Histopathological analysis of a malignant melanoma locally excised by fullthickness eye wall resection revealed the margins and scleral emissaria to be completely free of tumor. This surgical technique, if applied to tumors that are of appropriate size and location, appears promising as a means of retaining vision and cosmesis in the involved eye. Furthermore, histopathologic examination of the excised tumor tissue is possible. This latter feature is an important advantage of this technique over other forms of local therapy of choroidal malignant melanoma.