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April 1982

`Cholesteatoma' of the Orbit

Author Affiliations

From the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982;100(4):612-616. doi:10.1001/archopht.1982.01030030614015

• "Cholesteatoma" of the orbit is a variant of pseudotumor histologically characterized by masses of cholesterol crystals. We propose the term "epidermoid or true cholesteatoma" for lesions containing epithelial elements and refer to those nonepithelium-containing pseudotumors as "cholesterol granulomas." Important clinical features distinguish between epidermoid cholesteatomas and cholesterol granulomas of the orbit and justify a separation of these two pathologic entities.