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November 24, 1883


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JAMA. 1883;I(20):591. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390200015001d

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A lady of 74 years presented herself with a “bleeding eye.” Blood was oozing from beneath the upper lid constantly when the lids were open. The eye was perfectly sound, vision good, except when obscured by the blood. The upper lid was somewhat conical, and of a light bluish tint. On everting it, the conjunctiva was found perfectly smooth, but on pressure, directly on the superior orbital margin, a racemous, painless tumor was extruded from the sulcus, of the size, shape, and color of a Lawton black-berry, which was bleeding profusely on the lightest touch. It was very brittle and friable, and could have been crushed with ease. It was difficult to determine the nature of it. Was it benign or malignant? Was it an angiectasia, an erectile tumor, or a polypus? I am inclined to think it was the last. Though a very confined space for a polyp to

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