Congenital choroidal melanocytoma in a child with ocular melanocytosis

BMJ Case Rep. 2019 Oct 30;12(10):e231376. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2019-231376.


A 1-day-old child was brought to the clinic for evaluation of enlarged right eye (OD). On examination, OD showed buphthalmos with diffuse scleral melanocytosis, fleshy blackish-brown extrascleral mass with corneal extension, and secondary glaucoma. Anterior segment evaluation revealed darkly pigmented iris and fundus evaluation OD revealed a darkly pigmented choroidal lesion. The left eye was within normal limits. A clinical diagnosis of choroidal melanocytoma with ocular melanocytosis was made. Enucleation OD followed by orbital implant was performed. Histopathology showed features of diffuse ocular melanocytosis involving limbus, iris, ciliary body, choroid, sclera, optic nerve head, optic nerve sheath, along with choroidal melanocytoma with extrascleral tumour extension. We presume that choroidal melanocytoma may have arisen from ocular melanocytosis.

Keywords: glaucoma; paediatric oncology.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Choroid Neoplasms / congenital*
  • Choroid Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Choroid Neoplasms / pathology
  • Choroid Neoplasms / surgery
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Eye Enucleation / methods
  • Eye Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Eye Neoplasms / pathology
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Humans
  • Hydrophthalmos / diagnosis*
  • Hydrophthalmos / etiology
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Melanoma / pathology*
  • Melanosis / complications*
  • Melanosis / pathology
  • Scleral Diseases / pathology
  • Treatment Outcome