Metastatic carcinoma to the retina. Clinicopathologic findings in two cases

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990 Oct;108(10):1448-52. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1990.01070120096036.


Two cases of metastatic carcinoma to the neuroretina are reported. One patient had an oat cell carcinoma of the lung that was metastatic to the brain and retina; this was confirmed postmortem. The other patient had metastatic breast carcinoma with seeding of tumor cells into the vitreous from a focus of retinal embolism. The diagnosis was confirmed from a vitrectomy specimen.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Neoplasms / secondary
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Small Cell / secondary*
  • Eye Neoplasms / pathology
  • Eye Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Female
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Seeding
  • Retina / pathology*
  • Retinal Diseases / pathology*
  • Vitreous Body / pathology