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August 2002

Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Limbus Extending Into the Anterior Segment

Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(8):1106-1107. doi:10.1001/archopht.120.8.1106

A 61-YEAR-OLD Hispanic woman was referred for evaluation and treatment of an intraocular tumor in her left eye. Sixteen months earlier, a reportedly benign nasal limbal lesion was resected from this eye in Mexico. The left eye revealed a diffuse, white, and friable nasal conjunctival tumor extending into the anterior chamber (Figure 1). Excisional biopsy revealed a squamous cell carcinoma. A computed tomography scan showed that the tumor invaded the anterior nasal orbit. The left orbit was exenterated, and pathological examination revealed a well-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma of the conjunctiva invading the corneal stroma, anterior chamber angle, iris, and ciliary body (Figure 2 and Figure 3).

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