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Ocular melanoma / CHRPE

Forums Cutaneous Melanoma Community Ocular melanoma / CHRPE

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    Jamie1960
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      To date, I have had three WLE for known cutaneous melanoma, all with clear margins. I was disturbed when my optometrist pointed out a "CHRPE", acronym for a congenital pigmented area on the retina, during a recent routine eye exam.

      Prior to moving to Maine from Baltimore, my previous regular eye exams had been done by an opthamologist at the Johns Hopkins WIlmer Eye Institute; gievn the doctor's reputation, I believe he would have found this condition i a prior exam.

      My understanding is that ocular and cutaneous melanoma are entirely different / unrelated, but would welcome insights from anyone regarding "chirpees" as these seem to be called.

      Thank you

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        Janner
        Participant

          You might ask the same question on the ocular melanoma board here.  Every eye doc I've talked to has never had someone with both ocular and cutaneous. 

          MichelleRHG
          Participant
            I have had eye exams all my life where no ophthalmologist had ever mentioned CHRPES to me by after my melanoma dx a ophth.resident found them, sent me to a specialist who said I’d likely had them for a long time, they are harmless. I sent back a couple times to recheck and nothing had changed. CHRPES are a benign finding but certainly scary st first with a hx of melanoma!
              Jamie1960
              Participant

                Thank you both – very reassuring and will check ocular board, which I did not know about 

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