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October 17, 1896


Author Affiliations

Professor of Diseases of the Eye, Ear and Throat, in the Cleveland College of Physicians and Surgeons, Medical Department of the Ohio Wesleyan University, Cleveland, Ohio.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(16):846-848. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430940016001f

Although a number of cases of dermoid tumors of the cornea have been reported from time to time it has seemed to me that a brief report of the only two cases that have come under my observation might be of sufficient interest to claim your attention.

Case 1.  —July 1880, Mr. M. G., aged 24, a peculiar growth from the cornea of left eye, protruding between the lids, preent since birth, pedunculated, occupying the entire palpebral opening, measuring about one inch in length by one-half inch in breath, and rather thickly studded with stiff black hair. Being pressed together by the eyelids, the tumor presented upon superficial inspection the appearance of a small hair brush instead of an eye. The eyeball was entirely concealed by the growth, but by opening the lids widely and pushing it downward some clear cornea could be seen, and fingers counted. Patient declined operation

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