2020–2021 BCSC Basic and Clinical Science Course™
12 Retina and Vitreous
Part II: Disorders of the Retina and Vitreous
Chapter 09: Choroidal Disease
Bilateral Diffuse Uveal Melanocytic Proliferation
A rare paraneoplastic disorder affecting the choroid, bilateral diffuse uveal melanocytic proliferation (BDUMP) causes diffuse thickening of the choroid, reddish or brownish choroidal discoloration, serous retinal detachment, and cataracts (Fig 9-18). The bilateral proliferation of benign melanocytes is usually associated with or often heralds systemic cancer. These proliferations can look like large nevi. Most patients with BDUMP also exhibit nummular loss of the RPE, an anatomical change that differs distinctly from large nevi or thickening of the choroid. These areas of RPE loss are hypoautofluorescent during autofluorescence imaging, but hyperfluorescent during fluorescein angiography. OCT shows mounds of residual material, presumed to be persistent RPE cells between areas of loss. Tumors commonly associated with BDUMP are cancers of the ovary, uterus, and lung, but BDUMP may also occur with cancers of the kidney, colon, pancreas, gallbladder, breast, and esophagus.
Figure 9-18 Bilateral diffuse uveal melanocytic proliferation. A, Note the large nevuslike regions of increased pigmentation in this fundus photograph. B, Fluorescein angiography image demonstrates decreased fluorescence in the region of the melanocytic proliferation in the superonasal portion. There is a giraffe-spot pattern to the fluorescence in the posterior pole, secondary to nummular loss of the RPE in the hyperfluorescent areas.
(Courtesy of Mark Johnson, MD.)
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