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November 1968

Schwannoma of the Bulbar Conjunctiva

Author Affiliations

San Francisco
From Presbyterian Hospital of Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;80(5):641-642. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.00980050643011

S CHWANNOMA is the proper name for tumors developing from the Schwann cells of the neural sheath in preference to the older terms, neurilemomma and neurinoma, since the latter designate tumors containing connective tissue elements ( ie, neurofibromata).1 Conjunctival schwannoma is a rare tumor. Páez Allende2 surveyed the world literature in 1945. He was able to find only three such tumors, apparently arising from peripheral nerves of the bulbar conjunctiva, and added a case of his own. Some of his cases were associated with von Recklinghausen's disease. Duke-Elder3 describes occasional cases from the older literature. Dabezies and Penner4 reported a case containing both schwannomatous and neurofibromatous elements.

Report of a Case 

History.  —A 12-year-old white girl had been aware of a lesion involving the conjunctiva of the right eye for at least two years. The mass had caused no symptoms but had been observed to be gradually

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