Giant sarcoid tumor of the iris and ciliary body

Paul T. Finger, Kannan Narayana, Codrin E. Iacob, C. Michael Samson, Paul Latkany

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Purpose: To report the occurrence of a giant iridociliary sarcoid tumor. Methods: The patient was evaluated by medical history, ophthalmoscopic examination (including photography and ultrasonography) as well as systemic, hematologic, and radiographic examinations. Tumor biopsies allowed for cytopathologic, histopathologic, and immunohistochemical analysis. Results: The 39-year-old black male was found to have a right iris and ciliary body tumor. Ultrasonography revealed a 10×12-mm base, 5.6-mm height, low internal reflectivity, and vitreous debris. Radiographic imaging revealed mediastinal and bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy. A purified protein derivative (PPD) and a hematologic survey were negative. Pathology evaluations of the surgical specimens revealed features of non-caseating granulomata consistent with sarcoidosis. A combination of topical and systemic steroid therapy was locally curative. Conclusions: We describe a giant iridociliary sarcoid tumor in a patient with no lacrimal gland enlargement, conjunctival nodules, or skin lesions. A biopsy was required to establish the diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-125
Number of pages5
JournalOcular Immunology and Inflammation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Ciliary body
  • Iris
  • Sarcoid
  • Tumor
  • Uvea


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