Nevi of choroid or iris

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Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Common
  • Detected during ophthalmic exams
  • Most do not progress; at risk for malignancy if thick or enlarging circumference
  • Iris nevi are elevated on iris surface
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Choroid nevus: #1-thickened choroid due to proliferation
of benign melanocytes with drusen of overlying retinal
pigment epithelium and mild disruption of photoreceptors;
#2-spindled and small polyhedral shaped melanocytes

Dysplastic nevus syndrome
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Spindle cell nevus of choroid; #2: hypocellular and hypercellular areas are present

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Nevus cells have benign cytologic features

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