Uveal melanoma cell cycling, quantified by bromodeoxyuridine (BrdUrd)-labeling index and mitotic index, is predictive of tumor-related mortality. Serial sections from 36 formalin-fixed melanoma specimens were labeled with BrdUrd and stained with hematoxylin and eosin. All tumors were assessed for the area of highest cell cycling activity and counts for mitotic figures and BrdUrd labeling were performed in these areas in a masked manner. The BrdUrd labeling index and mitotic index were calculated and analyzed in relation to tumor-related mortality and histopathological criteria (largest tumor diameter, cell type, extra-scleral extension, ocular location). Cox multivariate analysis estimated an increased relative risk of tumor-related mortality of 2. 32 (95% confidence interval, 1.22-4.41) per doubling of BrdUrd labeling index and 2.41 (95% confidence interval, 1.29-4.49) per doubling mitotic index. Larger tumors, nonspindle cell tumors, and anterior-located tumors tended to have higher cycling rates.

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