Adenocarcinoma of the iris pigment epithelium

Arch Ophthalmol. 1996 Dec;114(12):1512-7. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1996.01100140710015.


We treated an 81-year-old man with a pigmented lesion of his right iris. The lesion was locally excised. Light microscopic examination, including immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopic examination were performed. The diagnosis was low-grade adenocarcinoma arising from the iris pigment epithelium. Adenomatous proliferations of the iris pigment epithelium are exceedingly rare and have not been shown to metastasize. Local resection is recommended if the lesion exhibits growth.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology*
  • Adenocarcinoma / surgery
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis
  • Cataract Extraction
  • Humans
  • Iris Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Iris Neoplasms / surgery
  • Lenses, Intraocular
  • Male
  • Pigment Epithelium of Eye / pathology*
  • Pigment Epithelium of Eye / surgery


  • Biomarkers, Tumor