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Nevus of Ota

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

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Nevus of Ota

Definite in grandmother, to be watched in grandson

nevus of Ota : definite in grandmother, ? in grandson

The top photo is of the paternal grandmother. She has definite nevus of Ota. The grandson has a question of increased pigmentation of the right lower lid and is be watched for increased pigmentation with age - especially at and after puberty.

nevus of Ota : definite in grandmother, ? in grandson

Grandmother has Nevus of Ota OD; family isconcerned about grandchild's OD

nevus of Ota : definite in grandmother, ? in grandson

There is a suggestion of increased pigmentation lower lid OD and iris OD. Child to be followed for possible Nevus of Ota.


Nevus of Ota - the complete complex

nevus of Ota - the complete complex

Above, this female Indian (India) demonstrated the complete nevus of Ota complex, i.e. very heavy lid pigmentation OD compared to normal Indian pigmentation OS, tremendously dark ink-blue bulbar pigmentation OD, darker deep brown iris pigmentation OD, and darker fundus appearance OD.

nevus of Ota - the complete complex


Nevus of Ota in a Caucasian patient

Nevus of Ota - Caucasian patient

Patient presented with the complete syndrome: hyperpigmentation of the lids, hyperpigmentation of the conjunctiva and sclera, and hyperpigmentation of the uveal tract.

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last updated: 02-08-2008
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