Malignant melanoma of the choroid presenting as choroidal detachment following cataract surgery.

M. F. Kraushar, N. B. Medow

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The progression of a monocular nuclear cataract was observed for thirty-two months in an eye which was apparently otherwise normal. Three weeks after uncomplicated cataract surgery the patient presented with an apparent detachment of the choroid which enlarged dramatically within a relatively short time and which was further complicated by a retinal detachment. The subsequent development of rubeosis iridis and increased intraocular pressure suggested some other etiology. Ultrasonography revealed a malignant melanoma which was confirmed following enucleation. Transillumination of all suspected postoperative choroidal detachments is recommended with more definitive examination when indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-70
Number of pages3
JournalOphthalmic surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1979
Externally publishedYes


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  • Ophthalmology

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