Iodine-125 radiation of posterior uveal melanoma

Ophthalmology. 1987 Dec;94(12):1621-6. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(87)33241-5.


Twenty-eight cases of posterior choroidal melanoma were treated with iodine-125 in gold eye plaques. Eleven cases were located within 3.0 mm of the optic nerve (group A), nine were within 3.0 mm of the fovea (group B), and eight were within 3.0 mm of the optic nerve and fovea (group C). The mean follow-up of group A was 46.3 months; group B, 25.5 months; and group C, 42.7 months. Complications included macular edema, cataract and tumor growth. Visual acuity remained within two lines of that tested preoperatively for 4 of 11 patients in group A, 4 of 9 in group B, and 5 of 8 in group C. These results with iodine-125 suggest it as an appropriate treatment for patients with choroidal melanoma located near optic nerve and/or macula.

MeSH terms

  • Cataract / etiology
  • Edema / etiology
  • Humans
  • Iodine Radioisotopes / therapeutic use*
  • Macula Lutea
  • Melanoma / physiopathology
  • Melanoma / radiotherapy*
  • Radiation Injuries
  • Retinal Diseases / etiology
  • Uveal Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Uveal Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Vision, Ocular
  • Visual Acuity


  • Iodine Radioisotopes