What causes choroidal melanoma?

Updated: Dec 12, 2018
  • Author: Enrique Garcia-Valenzuela, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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A particular predisposition exists for choroidal melanomas to occur in people with light-colored irides. Evidence points to sunlight exposure as a likely contributor to the development of choroidal melanoma.

Predisposing diseases for uveal melanomas include a family history of uveal melanoma, uveal nevus, congenital ocular melanocytosis, dysplastic nevus syndrome, and xeroderma pigmentosum.


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