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Conjunctival papillomas are associated with human papillomavirus (HPV)
infection. In children, the lesions are typically manifestations of an infection
acquired during delivery.1 In adults, conjunctival
papillomas are most likely venereal and are often associated with anogenital
lesions.2 Papillomas due to HPV more frequently
progress to malignancy in patients with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
infection.3 Human papillomavirus types 6,
11, 16, and 18 have been identified in benign and malignant conjunctival lesions
using various antigen and DNA detection techniques.2
For the first time, to our knowledge, we report the finding of HPV type 33
in conjunctival papillomas excised from an HIV-positive patient.
Buggage RR, Smith JA, Shen D, Chan C. Conjunctival Papillomas Caused by Human Papillomavirus Type 33. Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(2):202–204. doi:
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