Eyelid melanocytic tumors
Melanoma of eyelid

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 4 May 2018, last major update February 2014

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PubMed Search: Melanoma [title] of eyelid [title]

Cite this page: Pernick, N. Eyelid: melanoma of eyelid. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyeeyelidmelanoma.html. Accessed December 9th, 2018.
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