Eye
Eyelid melanocytic tumors
Melanoma of eyelid


Topic Completed: 1 February 2014

Revised: 28 March 2019

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PubMed Search: Melanoma [title] of eyelid [title]
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Eyelid: melanoma of eyelid. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyeeyelidmelanoma.html. Accessed May 26th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Rare
  • May originate from nevus, acquired melanosis or de novo
  • Poor prognosis due to early metastasis via lymphatics or bloodstream
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy has been used for melanoma of eyelid
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Resembles skin tumors more than globe tumors
  • Spindled or epithelioid cells with marked atypia and invasion into dermis
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