Ocular metastasis

Dr Ian Bickle and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

Ocular metastases, also termed uveal metastases, account for over 80% of all ocular pathology, and need to be distinguished from extraocular metastasis, which are a quite different group of tumours.

This article will discuss metastatic lesions affecting the orbits. For other intracranial metastatic locations, please refer to the main article on intracranial metastases


They are almost universally non-calcified masses within the orbit and (as the name would suggest) within the uveal layer.

The common primary sites that result in ocular metastases are:

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Article information

rID: 10567
System: Head & Neck
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Uveal metastases
  • Uveal metastasis
  • Occular metastasis

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    Case 1: with associated brain metastasis
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    Case 2: uveal metastasis
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