Choroidal metastasis as the sole initial presentation of metastatic lung cancer
From the Departments of aInternal Medicine, bRadiation Oncology, cSurgery/Ophthalmology, dPathology and Laboratory Medicine, eRadiology, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan
Salah S, Khader J, Yousef Y, Salem A, Al-Hussaini M, Al-Asady R. Choroidal metastasis as the sole initial presentation of metastatic lung cancer. Hematol Oncol Stem Cell Ther 2012;5(1):60-65.
Choroidal metastasis as an initial presenting feature of metastatic lung cancer is exceedingly rare. External beam radiotherapy (EBRT) is an effective and widely accepted therapeutic modality. However, data addressing the effectiveness of other treatment strategies is limited. We present a patient with choroidal metastases secondary to lung cancer and review the relevant literature. A 25-year-old male presented with deterioration of vision. His evaluation revealed bilateral choroidal metastasis secondary to adenocarcinoma of the lung. Unfortunately, his vision continued to deteriorate despite treatment with EBRT and chemotherapy. Choroidal metastasis as an initial presentation of metastatic lung cancer is exceedingly rare, as only 30 cases have been reported. EBRT and systemic chemotherapy are effective therapeutic modalities. This case report could prove helpful to clinicians faced with a similar exceedingly rare scenario.