Molecular analysis of a case of nevus of ota showing progressive evolution to melanoma with intermediate stages resembling cellular blue nevus

Pedram Gerami*, Pedram Pouryazdanparast, Swapna Vemula, Boris C. Bastian

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Abstract

Nevus of Ota is a variant of congenital nevus, which is morphologically paucicellular and resembles a common blue nevus. Although nevus of Ota is a risk factor for uveal melanoma in white people, the development of cutaneous melanoma within nevus of Ota is a very rare occurrence with only a few reported cases. We present a case of a long-standing nevus of Ota, with radiologic imaging demonstrating a large retro-orbital mass and a biopsy showing melanoma. The histopathology of the eye exenteration specimen illustrated various stages of melanocytic progression including areas resembling a nevus of Ota, blue nevus, cellular blue nevus, and melanoma. There was heterogeneity in the overtly malignant sections with some areas displaying expansile nodules of blander appearing spindled cells, whereas other areas were composed of epithelioid cells with higher mitotic counts and zones of necrosis. The extensive lesion also infiltrated the soft tissue and bone. We performed gene mutation analysis for GNAQ, BRAF, NRAS, and KIT and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) targeting commonly altered chromosomal loci in melanoma and comparative genomic hybridization (CGH). Copy number changes typical of melanoma were identified by both FISH and CGH in the morphologically malignant areas illustrating the relationship of tumor progression and the progressive acquisition of genetic aberrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-305
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Dermatopathology
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2010

Keywords

  • Cellular blue nevus
  • Comparative genomic hybridization
  • Fluorescence in situ hybridization
  • Melanoma
  • Nevus of Ota

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Dermatology

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