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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-45

Clinicopathological correlation of choroidal melanoma in Indian population: A study of 113 cases

Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreo Retina Services, Sankara Nethralaya, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Vikas Khetan
Sankara Nethralaya, 18, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-620X.94766

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Aim: To correlate the clinical presentation, tumor characteristics, and histopathological findings of choroidal melanoma in the Indian population Materials and Methods: A retrospective analysis of 113 patients of choroidal melanoma over a period of 10 years was done. Patient demography, clinical presentation, tumor characteristics, and histopathological findings were correlated. Results: Among 113 patients histopathologically diagnosed with choroidal melanoma over 10 years, most were males. The mean age was 45.9 ± 14.84 years among which 6 (5.3%) patients were less than 20 years. Thirty-six (31.8%) patients were misdiagnosed. The mean basal diameter was 12.41 ± 1.4 mm. Mixed cell type was seen in 71 (63%) patients, while 28 (25%) patients had spindle cell type. Epithelioid cell type was present in 11 (10%) patients and necrotic cell type was seen in 3 (2%) patients. Enucleation was the primary treatment modality in 107 (94.6%) patients, while exenteration was done in 6 (5.3%) patients. Three patients with epithelioid cell type with orbital extension underwent exenteration. The mean follow-up period was 14 months. No mortality was reported at the end of 5 years in patients with longer follow-up. Conclusions: Malignant melanoma of the choroid is a rare occurrence. They can occur in younger age group and can be misdiagnosed. Mixed cell type is commonest. Diffuse tumors with epithelioid cell type are likely to have orbital extension.

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