AUTOFLUORESCENCE OF CHOROIDAL MELANOMAS


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Abstract

Purpose:To report autofluorescence findings for two patients with choroidal melanomas.Methods:Records and photographs for two patients with choroidal melanomas were reviewed. Fundus autofluorescence photography was performed using the Heidelberg confocal SLO system (Heidelberg Retina Angiograph; Heidelberg Engineering, Dossenheim, Germany).Results:Both patients had lipofuscin over the melanoma. In Case 1, autofluorescence studies showed a linear streak of autofluorescence and patchy autofluorescence overlying the tumor. In Case 2, autofluorescence photographs showed the presence of small flecklike areas of autofluorescence over the melanoma.Conclusion:Fundus autofluorescence photography is an alternative method for imaging lipofuscin over choroidal lesions.

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