Spontaneous regression of choroidal metastasis from renal cell carcinoma

Amjad M. Hammad, Gianmarco R. Paris, Wichard A.J. Van Heuven, Ian M. Thompson, Thomas D. Fitzsimmons

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Purpose: To describe a patient with choroidal metastasis from renal cell carcinoma that spontaneously regressed after nephrectomy. Design: Interventional case report. Methods: A 48-year-old Hispanic woman presented with reduced vision in the left eye attributable to an elevated choroidal lesion and associated exudative retinal detachment. Oncology workup revealed a left kidney renal cell carcinoma with pulmonary metastases. The patient underwent primary nephrectomy, without specific treatment of choroidal or pulmonary metastases. Results: The metastatic choroidal lesion regressed and the retinal detachment completely resolved, as evidenced by fundus photographs and ultrasonography. Conclusion: Choroidal metastasis from renal cell carcinoma may spontaneously regress after removal of the primary tumor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)911-913
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003


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  • Ophthalmology

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Hammad, A. M., Paris, G. R., Van Heuven, W. A. J., Thompson, I. M., & Fitzsimmons, T. D. (2003). Spontaneous regression of choroidal metastasis from renal cell carcinoma. American Journal of Ophthalmology, 135(6), 911-913. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0002-9394(02)01973-6