Ocular melanoma metastasis to the cervical spine

Sophia F. Shakur*, Ippei Takagi, Rimas V. Lukas, Steven Chmura, Thomas F. Gajewski, Ben Z. Roitberg

*Corresponding author for this work

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Ocular melanoma is a rare type of malignant melanoma. Melanoma metastatic to the spine typically arises within the vertebral column, presents with back pain, and has a poor prognosis. We present a patient with a unique disease course: ocular melanoma metastasis occurred after an extended latency period of 14 years, attained a large size within the spinal intradural space, presented with severe neurological deficits without additional central nervous system disease, and the tumor was amenable to surgical intervention. We also review the literature on melanoma spine metastasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)610-611
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis
  • Ocular melanoma
  • Spine metastasis
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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