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June 1966

Limbal Dermoid Tumor With Intraocular Extension

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pathology, Institute of Ophthalmology, London.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1966;75(6):803-805. doi:10.1001/archopht.1966.00970050805018

Dermoid tumors are common congenital lesions occurring most frequently at the limbus.1,2 Although they may be associated with other ocular and somatic abnormalities3 they are usually of no significance except as a cosmetic blemish, a site of minor irritation, or more rarely they may interfere with vision by producing astigmatism or extending in front of the pupil.4

The case reported here is unique, for it illustrates the unusual finding of apparent intraocular invasion of a limbal dermoid tumor, with fatty tissue within the uveal tract.

Report of Case 

Clinical History.  —The patient was a 26-year-old white woman who had two corneal dermoid tumors removed from the limbal area of the left eye in childhood. The original surgery was not done by the contributing physician and the histopathology of the original tumors could not be traced. She had been followed for the past six months because of pain

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