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Clinicopathologic Report
January 1999

Lacrimal Gland Choristoma of the Iris

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology (Drs Klüppel and Sundmacher) and Pathology (Dr Müller), Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany.



Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(1):110-111. doi:10.1001/archopht.117.1.110

Intraocular lacrimal gland tissue is an extremely rare choristoma. A newborn girl was seen with a fleshy, vascular tumor arising from the peripheral iris and the anterior chamber angle. The tumor was treated with topical steroids on suspicion of a juvenile xanthogranuloma; later, it grew slightly and a secondary glaucoma developed. Histopathological examination of the resected tumor showed lacrimal gland tissue in the iris. Twelve cases of intraocular lacrimal gland tissue have been reported in the literature.