Metastatic ocular melanoma to the kidney 20 years after initial diagnosis

Urology. 2005 Sep;66(3):658. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2005.03.035.


Metastatic tumors are the most common malignancies of the kidney. We report a rare case of isolated metastatic ocular melanoma to the kidney occurring 20 years after diagnosis. A 71-year-old man presented with gross hematuria. He had undergone left enucleation 20 years previously for ocular melanoma and had not required adjuvant therapy. A right upper pole mass was identified on computed tomography and was excised laparoscopically. Pathologic examination revealed metastatic melanoma. Metastatic melanoma to the kidney is rare. A high index of suspicion must be maintained in any patient with a renal mass and a history of a nonrenal malignancy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Eye Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Eye Neoplasms / surgery
  • Humans
  • Kidney Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Male
  • Melanoma / secondary*
  • Time Factors