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May 2015

Presumed Primary Papillary Sebaceous Carcinoma of the Palpebral Conjunctiva

Author Affiliations
  • 1David G. Cogan Laboratory of Ophthalmic Pathology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • 2Palm Beach Dermatology, Diagnostic Dermatopathology, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 3Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(5):612-614. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2014.5870

Sebaceous carcinoma can arise in the meibomian glands of the eyelids and in the sebaceous glands of the eyelashes.1 Origination from the conjunctival epithelium is controversial in contrast to the sebaceous glands.2 We describe a de novo palpebral sebaceous carcinoma that did not display involvement of the tarsal meibomian glands.

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