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October 1982

Malignant Melanoma of the Choroid in the Nevus of Ota of a Black Patient

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Washington Hospital Center (Drs Nik and Glew); and the Registry of Ophthalmic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Dr Zimmerman), Washington, DC.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982;100(10):1641-1643. doi:10.1001/archopht.1982.01030040619013

• To our knowledge, this report is the first description of an association of a choroidal melanoma in the nevus of Ota in a black patient. While white patients who have the nevus of Ota appear to be predisposed to the development of a malignant melanoma, this complication is rare in all nonwhite racial groups. Nevertheless, it should be realized that regardless of the patient's race, there is a greater than normal chance that a patient with the nevus of Ota might have a malignant melanoma develop within one of the affected tissues.

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