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September 1958

Aberrant Lacrimal Gland

Author Affiliations

San Francisco
From the Heller Pathology Laboratory, Department of Ophthalmology, University of California School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;60(3):488-491. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940080506023

A survey of the English medical literature reveals that there are six documented cases of aberrant tissue with a structure identical to that of the lacrimal gland involving the eye. Of these only two extended onto the cornea. It is the purpose of this paper to review the known information on this subject and to present such a congenital abnormality in which aberrant lacrimal gland tissue involved the sclera and cornea.

François and Rabaey1 reported finding a tumor located under the limbal conjunctiva of the right eye in a 36-year-old woman, who had first noted its presence at the age of 10 years. The position of the lesion was between 3:30 and 5 o'clock. It was described as a yellowish well-defined thin tumor measuring 5 × 3.5 mm. Histological examination revealed its structure to be identical with that of the lacrimal gland.

Dame2 reported a case in a

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