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September 1965

Amyloid Disease of the Eyelid and Conjunctiva

Author Affiliations

Beirut, Lebanon
From the Department of Ophthalmology, American University of Beirut.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;74(3):298-301. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970040300002

Introduction  Amyloid tumors of the conjunctiva and eyelids are rare; few cases have been reported in the recent literature.Tumor-forming amyloidosis is characterized by the presence of small solitary or multiple tumors about the eye, bladder, urethra, pharynx, tongue, and especially in the respiratory tract.1The purpose of this paper is to report the second case in the literature of ptosis secondary to solitary amyloid infiltration of the levator palpebrae superioris, and to emphasize the fact that when complete excision of the tumor is not possible, that portion of the tumor left in situ tends to shrink spontaneously.

Report of Case  An 18-year-old Jordanian woman was seen in February 1964 with history of a mass at the inner canthus of the right eye of one and a half years' duration. The mass started as a small reddish growth on the inner aspect of the right eye. With time it

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