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March 1981

Conjunctival Melanoma

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Arch Ophthalmol. 1981;99(3):512-513. doi:10.1001/archopht.1981.03930010514030

To the Editor.  —We read with interest the editorial by Frederick Jakobiec, MD, on conjunctival melanomas (1980;98:1378-1384) and the two other articles by Liesegang and Campbell (1980;98:1385-1389) and Jakobiec et al (1980;98:1390-1396) on the same subject that appeared in the August Archives. Our continuing interest in the subject of conjunctival melanoma and the controversy generated by our previous articles on the subject1-3 prompted us to make a few comments.Jakobiec should be congratulated for summarizing the present state of knowledge on this neoplasm and in reiterating our thesis that the same biologic concepts that apply in cutaneous melanoma can be applied to their conjunctival counterparts. These concepts, formulated by Clark et al,4-6 certainly offer the eye pathologist and the ophthalmologist a fresh approach to the understanding of the biology of this formerly enigmatic neoplasm.We are aware of the unsuccessful attempts by several ocular pathologists to identify the

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