Original Article

Clinical and histopathological analysis of conjunctival tumors

  • Osman Melih Ceylan
  • Yusuf Uysal
  • Fazıl Cüneyt Erdurman
  • Kenan Gültekin
  • Ali Hakan Durukan
  • Serkan Köksal
  • Fatih Mehmet Mutlu
  • Gökhan Özge

Received Date: 02.07.2010 Accepted Date: 14.09.2010 Gulhane Med J 2010;52(4):248-251

The aim of our study was to analyze the clinicopathologic features of conjunctival tumors followed at a tertiary care hospital in Turkey. One hundred and sixty four patients with surgically excised conjunctival tumors followed between March 1995 and March 2010 were retrospectively reviewed. Clinical data were collected from medical records. Age and gender of patients, and clinical and histopathologic findings of lesions were identified. Of all the patients 139 (84.75%) were male and 25 (15.24%) were female. The mean age of the patients was 26.4 years (range 4 to 65 years). Of the 164 conjunctival lesions, 115 (70.12%) were nevus, 12 (7.31%) were chronic inflammation, 9 (5.48%) were pyogenic granuloma, 6 (3.65%) were limbal dermoid, 5 (3.04%) were racial melanosis, 4 (2.43%) were benign lymphoid hyperplasia, 3 (1.82%) were hemangioma, 2 (1.21%) were primary acquired melanosis, 2 (1.21%) were inflammatory polyp, 2 (1.21%) were squamous cell carcinoma, 1 (0.6%) was malignant melanoma, 1 (0.6%) was squamous papilloma, 1 (0.6%) was keratoacanthoma and 1 (0.6%) was non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In our study, we found that the most common conjunctival benign tumor was nevus. Although squamous cell carcinoma is a rare conjunctival malignant tumor, it may be encountered in young age population.

Keywords: Conjunctiva, eye, tumor