A choroidal schwannoma confirmed by surgical excision.

Young Jae Cho, Jung Bin Won, Suk Ho Byeon, Woo Ik Yang, Hyoung Jun Koh, Oh Woong Kwon, Sung Chul Lee

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Schwannomas rarely present as intraocular tumors and are often misdiagnosed as malignant melanoma. We describe a choroidal schwannoma confirmed by sclerouvectomy. A 30-year-old woman presented with a large nonpigmented intraocular mass of the choroid in the right eye and underwent surgical excision by sclerouvectomy. Histologically, the tumor was composed of a mixture of cellular solid components (Antoni A) and loose myxoid components (Antoni B). The tumor was eventually diagnosed as a schwannoma. Currently available ancillary studies are still of little value in definitively differentiating schwannomas from other choroidal tumors. In the case of atypical findings for a malignant melanoma, a benign neoplasm should be included in the differential diagnosis. This patient avoided enucleation by first having the mass excised. We are unaware of previous reports in which a choroidal schwannoma was diagnosed by surgical excision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-52
Number of pages4
JournalKorean journal of ophthalmology : KJO
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Mar


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  • Medicine(all)

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Cho, Y. J., Won, J. B., Byeon, S. H., Yang, W. I., Koh, H. J., Kwon, O. W., & Lee, S. C. (2009). A choroidal schwannoma confirmed by surgical excision. Korean journal of ophthalmology : KJO, 23(1), 49-52. https://doi.org/10.3341/kjo.2009.23.1.49