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September 1970

Conjunctival Fibrous Xanthoma

Author Affiliations

Nashville, Tenn
From the Division of Ophthalmology (Surgery), Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;84(3):306-311. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990040308009

OPHTHALMOLOGISTS generally are aware of the variety of ocular conditions associated with disturbances of fat metabolism. The ocular structures may be affected by fat storage reactions (following trauma or infection), the lipidoses, or may be involved in association with elevated serum lipids (or with normal serum lipids).

Tumors composed of fibrous tissue and histiocytes are variously referred to as histiocytomas, xanthomas, or xanthogranulomas. When histiocytes are associated with more abundant amounts of fibrous tissue, the term fibrous xanthoma may be applied.

This paper describes a patient with a solitary, apparently benign fibrous xanthoma of the bulbar conjunctiva. To the best of our knowledge, this represents the third case of fibrous xanthoma of the conjunctiva to be reported in the literature.1

Report of a Case  The patient was a 67-year-old white man who was admitted to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center on March 21, 1967, for excision of a conjunctival