Melanocytic tumors


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

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Melanoma-eyelid. PathologyOutlines.com website. https://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyeeyelidmelanoma.html. Accessed September 26th, 2023.
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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