Bilateral uveal melanoma presenting simultaneously

Ger J Ophthalmol. 1994 Aug;3(4-5):228-31.


A case of bilateral uveal melanoma in a 54-year-old man is described. On admission of the patient for a choroidal melanoma of the left eye, an asymptomatic ciliary-body tumour was detected in his right eye. A thorough general examination did not reveal any metastases. The left eye was enucleated and local excision of the tumour in the right eye was performed 2 months later. Histology confirmed the presence of malignant melanomas in both eyes. The tumours were of similar A/B spindle-cell type. The patient remained healthy, showing no sign of metastasis or local recurrence of melanoma 9 months after the date of diagnosis. The visual acuity in his remaining eye remained 6/6. Immunological assessment of the blood serum revealed abnormally high interleukin 1 beta (IL-1 beta) and IL-2 levels. Possible implications of these findings are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Choroid Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Ciliary Body / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Melanoma / pathology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms, Multiple Primary / pathology*
  • Uveal Neoplasms / pathology*