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Eye melanoma

A F Brovkina, Y N Khionidi
Complications and the frequency of their occurrence as the criteria of eye preservation after brachytherapy (BT) are presented in literature with inconsistencies due to the assessment being done after varied follow-up periods (1 month to 5-10 years). The evaluation of complications occurring after applying radioiodine can be found in literature. The complications after BT beta particle emitting ophthalmic applicators are seldom discussed in articles. PURPOSE: to examine the frequency of complications, the characteristics of their development after choroidal melanoma (CM) brachytherapy with ruthenium ophthalmic applicators (OA) during long-term follow-up and determine the possibility of their prevention...
2018: Vestnik Oftalmologii
Liza Brown, Jennifer David, Stanley Skopit
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a common skin malignancy comprising 80% of non-melanoma skin cancers.1 Over 2.8 million cases are estimated to be diagnosed in the United States alone each year. Advanced BCCs are comprised of BCCs that have metastasized to local or distant lymph nodes or organs, or locally invasive BCCs that are extensive and infiltrate vital structures such as eyes, nose, or brain. Advanced BCC tumors represent roughly 1-10% of BCCs today. Two severe case presentations and treatment options will be discussed in this case report series and review...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Jessica G Rushton, Reinhard Ertl, Dieter Klein, Alexander Tichy, Barbara Nell
Objectives Feline diffuse iris melanoma (FDIM) is the most common malignant primary intraocular tumour in cats, with reported metastases rates between 19% and 63%. Currently, the only available diagnostic tool for a tentative diagnosis is histopathological examination of the enucleated eye. Therefore, the veterinary ophthalmologist is often faced with the dilemma of whether to enucleate an oftentimes visual eye or to continue monitoring, with the risk of metastases developing. In the past, cell-free DNA (cfDNA) gained more attention in human medicine, especially in the field of oncology...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Carol L Shields, Kareem Sioufi, Justin S Robbins, Laura E Barna, Maxwell R Harley, Sara E Lally, Emil Anthony T Say, Arman Mashayekhi, Jerry A Shields
PURPOSE: To analyze the clinical features and rate of metastatic disease in eyes with large (≥10 mm thickness) uveal melanoma. DESIGN: Retrospective noncomparative case series. PARTICIPANTS: There were 1,311 consecutive patients. METHODS: Retrospective medical chart review. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Clinical features and rate of metastatic melanoma. RESULTS: Of 1,311 patients with large melanoma, the mean age was 59 years (median 60, range 6-98 years) and 95% were white...
March 8, 2018: Retina
Deren Özcan, Deniz Seçkin, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: The incidence and mortality of melanoma are increased in organ transplant recipients. Multiple acquired common and dysplastic nevi are risk factors for melanoma. A new or changing nevus may suggest melanoma. Strategies used by transplant dermatologists to monitor nevi are unknown. Herein, we aimed to assess the methods used by transplant dermatologists for monitoring multiple acquired common nevi, dysplastic nevi, and new or changing nevi. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was e-mailed to 63 members of the Skin Care in Organ Transplant Patients, Europe...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Nirmala Pandeya, Marina Kvaskoff, Catherine M Olsen, Adèle C Green, Susan Perry, Catherine Baxter, Marcia B Davis, Rohan Mortimore, Lorraine Westacott, Dominic Wood, Joe Triscott, Richard Williamson, David C Whiteman
A proportion of cutaneous melanomas display neval remnants on histologic examination. Converging lines of epidemiologic and molecular evidence suggest that melanomas arising from nevus precursors differ from melanomas arising de novo. In a large, population-based study comprising 636 cutaneous melanomas subjected to dermatopathology review, we explored the molecular, host and environmental factors associated with the presence of neval remnants. We found nevus-associated melanomas were significantly associated with younger age at presentation, non-brown eye color, trunk site, thickness <0...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Spyridon Miliaras, Ioannis A Ziogas, Konstantinos S Mylonas, Vasileios N Papadopoulos
Malignant gastrointestinal melanoma is usually a metastatic lesion. We report the case of a 67-year-old female patient who presented with intermittent abdominal pain, fever, rigor and diarrhoea. CT scan of the abdomen revealed a large mass at the right iliac fossa with features concerning for intra-abdominal abscess. Exploratory laparotomy confirmed the preoperative diagnosis of abscess, and a right hemicolectomy was performed. Histopathological examination of the surgical specimen was indicative of malignant melanoma, and immunohistochemical examination showed positivity to S100 protein, Melan-A, HMB-45 and vimentin...
March 9, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
D J Li, W L Yang, Z Y Wang, W Chen, Q Zhao, Y F Li, R Cui, L Shen, W B Wei
Objective: To compare the significance of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) in the diagnosis of uveal melanoma. Methods: It was a retrospective case series study. Sixty-three cases (63 eyes) of uveal melanoma patients (confirmed by histopathology) who underwent CEUS and DCE-MRI examination at Beijing Tongren Hospital during January 2010 and May 2014 were collected, including 30 males and 33 females, with average age of 47 years (ranged from 27 to 69 years)...
March 11, 2018: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Alex B Blair, Adrian Murphy
Biliary tract cancers (BTC) are aggressive malignancies associated with resistance to chemotherapy and poor prognostic rates. Therefore, novel treatment approaches are in need. Immunotherapy represents a promising breakthrough that uses a patient's immune system to target a tumor. This treatment approach has shown immense progress with positive results for selected cancers such as melanoma and nonsmall cell lung cancer. Initial preclinical data and preliminary clinical studies suggest encouraging mechanistic effects for immunotherapy in BTC offering the hope for an expanding therapeutic role for this disease...
October 31, 2017: Current Problems in Cancer
Ilkay Kilic Muftuoglu, Raouf Gaber, Dirk-Uwe Bartsch, Amit Meshi, Michael Goldbaum, William R Freeman
PURPOSE: Our purpose was to compare the characteristics of the retinal and choroidal lesions including choroidal nevus, choroidal melanoma and congenital hypertrophy of the retina pigment epithelium using conventional color fundus photography (CFP) and multicolor imaging (MCI). METHODS: The paired images of patients with retinal or choroidal lesions were assessed for the visibility of lesion's border, halo and drusen using a grading scale (0-2). The area of the lesion was measured on both imaging modalities...
February 28, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Amanda R Moore, Leili Ran, Youxin Guan, Jessica J Sher, Tyler D Hitchman, Jenny Q Zhang, Catalina Hwang, Edward G Walzak, Alexander N Shoushtari, Sébastien Monette, Rajmohan Murali, Thomas Wiesner, Klaus G Griewank, Ping Chi, Yu Chen
Uveal melanoma (UM) is characterized by mutually exclusive activating mutations in GNAQ, GNA11, CYSLTR2, and PLCB4, four genes in a linear pathway to activation of PLCβ in almost all tumors and loss of BAP1 in the aggressive subset. We generated mice with melanocyte-specific expression of GNA11Q209L with and without homozygous Bap1 loss. The GNA11Q209L mice recapitulated human Gq-associated melanomas, and they developed pigmented neoplastic lesions from melanocytes of the skin and non-cutaneous organs, including the eye and leptomeninges, as well as at atypical sites, including the lymph nodes and lungs...
February 27, 2018: Cell Reports
Yi-Chen Sun, Li-Chuan Yang, Fung-Rong Hu, Chung-Tien Lin, Yan-Ming Chen, Wei-Li Chen
OBJECTIVES: In vivo confocal microscopy was used to observe the morphological presentations and anatomical correlations between corneal neovascularization (NV) and intracorneal lipid deposition in a rabbit model of contact lens (CL)-induced lipid keratopathy secondary to corneal NV. METHODS: Rabbits were divided into 3 groups: (1) 8-week normal diet, (2) 8-week high-cholesterol diet, and (3) 4-week normal diet followed by 4-week high-cholesterol diet. Corneal NV was induced by closed-eye CL...
February 27, 2018: Eye & Contact Lens
Ofira Zloto, Vicktoria Vishnevskia-Dai, Joseph Moisseiev, Ido Didi Fabian
Uveal melanoma, the most common primary intraocular malignancy in adults, is potentially a lethal tumour. Since the development of local radiotherapy, tumour control is achieved in the majority of cases and most eyes are salvaged. Despite this, more than 50% of patients develop distant metastatic spread, mainly to the liver, and in the absence of efficient treatments to extend life, die soon after. A great deal of effort has been put into developing prognostic markers for metastatic spread and survival. Novel genetic prognostic tests, recently introduced, are now being clinically used in many ocular oncology centres worldwide...
February 2018: Harefuah
Georgi Tchernev, Torello Lotti, Ilia Lozev, Georgi Konstantinov Maximov, Uwe Wollina
Periocular malignancies represent between 5% and 10% of all types of skin cancers. The incidence of eyelid (but also the periocular located) malignancies seems to differ in distribution across the continents. The incidence of eyelid tumours (but also the periocular located tumours) in a predominantly white population determined that BCC is the most common malignant periocular eyelid tumour in whites. This finding has been replicated consistently throughout the literature, with BCC representing 85-95% of all eyelid malignancies, SCC representing 3...
January 25, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
R Coquard, A M N'Guyen, T Mathis, F Josserand-Pietri, M Khodri, G Largeron, N Barbet, J D Grange
PURPOSE: To evaluate the results of an adjuvant contact irradiation using 50kV photons after resection of conjunctival malignancies. MATERIALS AND METHOD: From 2012 to 2014, 14 patients (male: nine; female: five) have been treated by contact irradiation after resection of a malignant tumor of the conjunctiva (melanoma: five patients; malignant fibrous histiocytoma: one patient; carcinoma: eight patients) The treatment was performed using the Papillon 50 machine (Ariane)...
February 20, 2018: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
Gerd Heilemann, Lukas Fetty, Matthias Blaickner, Nicole Nesvacil, Martin Zehetmayer, Dietmar Georg, Roman Dunavoelgyi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To evaluate the retina dose as a risk factor associated with loss of visual acuity (VA) in 106 Ru plaque brachytherapy. MATERIAL/METHODS: 45 patients receiving 106 Ru plaques brachytherapy (median follow-up 29.5 months) were included in this study. An in-house developed treatment planning system with Monte Carlo based dose calculation was used to perform treatment planning and dose calculation. Risk factors associated with loss of VA were evaluated using the Cox proportional hazards models, Kaplan-Meier estimates and Pearson correlation coefficients...
February 13, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Raksha Rao, Elif B Turkoglu, Emil A T Say, Carol L Shields
PURPOSE: To evaluate the natural history of myelinated retinal nerve fiber layer (MRNFL) through clinical features and enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography. METHODS: This is a retrospective, noncomparative, case series of patients who underwent thorough clinical examination to document associated ocular and systemic features. Enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography was performed when MRNFL was located posteriorly and accessible to imaging...
February 13, 2018: Retina
Ido Didi Fabian, Andrew W Stacey, Lamis Al Harby, Amit K Arora, Mandeep S Sagoo, Victoria M L Cohen
AIMS: To investigate the outcomes of primary photodynamic therapy (PDT) for pigmented posterior pole cT1a choroidal melanoma. METHODS: Retrospective interventional consecutive case series of 26 patients (26 eyes) with pigmented posterior pole cT1a choroidal melanoma, who were treated with 3 sessions of PDT and followed-up thereafter. RESULTS: Included were 11 males and 15 females that presented at a median age of 66 years (mean: 64) with transformed naevi (n=11) or suspicious lesions (n=15) with ≥3 risk factors for growth, with lipofuscin in all...
February 13, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Muhammad Zubair Afzal, Rodwell Mabaera, Keisuke Shirai
BACKGROUND: Uveal melanoma accounts for 85% of the ocular melanomas and has an increased risk of hematogenous spread, most commonly to the liver. After curative intent therapy like surgery and radiation, fifty percent of patients present with distant metastasis. Metastatic uveal melanoma (MUM) does not harbor typically targetable mutations, e.g., BRAF as in cutaneous melanoma. As a result, there is no proven therapy for MUM. Various chemotherapy and immunotherapy regimens have been tried and only partial response (PR) is the best that has been achieved in most of the cases...
February 12, 2018: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Abhilasha Maheshwari, Paul T Finger
PURPOSE: To present our 12-year experience with low energy photon, slotted eye plaque radiation therapy. DESIGN: Retrospective interventional case series METHODS: SETTING: The New York Eye Cancer Center. STUDY POPULATION: Fifty-two consecutive patients with uveal melanomas near, touching or surrounding the optic disc. INTERVENTION: Slotted eye plaque radiation therapy. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: change in visual acuity, local tumor control, radiation side effects, eye salvage and systemic metastases...
January 31, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
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