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May 1983

Fuchs' Adenoma Affecting the Peripheral Iris

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology (Drs Zaidman, Salamon, and Mondino) and Pathology (Dr Johnson), Eye and Ear Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr Zaidman is now with the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond. Dr Salamon is now with the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr Mondino is now with the Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1983;101(5):771-773. doi:10.1001/archopht.1983.01040010771015

• An elevated, pigmented lesion of the peripheral iris developed in a 73-year-old woman. The lesion was believed to be a malignant melanoma and was excised at the time of routine cataract extraction. Pathologic examination disclosed a Fuchs' adenoma. These lesions are common in the elderly and are almost invariably clinically silent. This case, however, demonstrates that under rare circumstances a Fuchs' adenoma may induce cataractous changes or produce clinical findings that can mimic an iris melanoma.

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