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April 1965

Glomus Tumor (Glomangioma) of Eyelid

Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;73(4):511-513. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970030513012

The case reported below is worth publishing owing to the uncommon site (the second case in the literature) of this fairly rare vascular tumor.

Report of Case  A 47-year-old healthy man had, over a period of seven years, noticed a slowly growing nodule in the left upper eyelid. It had been slightly tender with no relation to temperature, but had never caused pain.On examination a large, 3×5 mm, bluish, translucent, soft, compressible, well-defined tumor of the left upper eyelid was seen to be situated about 5 mm below the eyebrow. The patient had no similar tumors elsewhere. Prior to excision the tumor was believed to be a simple hemangioma.On examination of the eyelid six months later the scar was invisible and there were no signs of local recurrence.

Pathology * 

Macroscopic Examination.  —A 3×3×5 mm skin-covered tissue specimen was examined. The tumor proper measured about 3×3×3 mm.

Microscopic Examination.