Uveal Tract

  • Thomas J. Cummings


The uveal tract comprises the iris, the ciliary body, and the choroid, each of which has distinct histological features.

A significant component of uveal tract pathology derives from its population of indigenous melanocytes. The majority of the eyes enucleated for a uveal lesion that you are likely to see on the surgical pathology bench are malignant melanoma.

This chapter will focus on uveal melanoma and two other less common tumors: ciliary body medulloepithelioma and melanocytoma (also known as the magnocellular nevus).

A few other lesions that enter the differential diagnosis will also be introduced.


Retinal Pigment Epithelium Ciliary Body Uveal Melanoma Smooth Muscle Tumor Neovascular Glaucoma 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. Cummings
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  1. 1.Department of PathologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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