Uveal melanoma is a rare disease but it is the most common primary intraocular malignant tumor in adults with poor late prognosis. About 50% of patients will develop liver metastasis far from the enucleation within 10–15 years. Our study examined SPANX-C expression levels in primary uveal melanoma both with and without metastasis to assess if they can be used to predict metastasis. This study included a total of 55 patients, 28 males and 27 females, with uveal melanoma. A significantly high expression of SPANX-C was seen in 19/23 (82.6%) patients with metastasis, and only in 11/32 (38.5%) patients without metastasis. In conclusion, we found that SPANX-C expression could play a role in tumor progression of uveal melanoma.
- Trailblazer cells
- Uveal melanoma
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Cell Biology