Conjunctival melanoma and xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare association

Service d'Ophtalmologie, CHU Hassan II, Fès, Maroc.
Bulletin de la Société belge d'ophtalmologie 01/2012; 1(319):17-21.
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Ocular involvement in the xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) can be located on the eyelids, conjunctiva or cornea. Malignant melanoma of the conjunctiva is a rare tumor, and even more so in children. Only five cases associated with XP have been published since 1960. We report a sixth case occurring in a girl aged 14. Surgical treatment consisted of an orbital exenteration extended to the eyelids and the evolution is marked by a good healing of the orbital cavity without local recurrence after four months.

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