J Korean Ophthalmol Soc > Volume 60(11); 2019 > Article
Journal of the Korean Ophthalmological Society 2019;60(11):1021-1026.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3341/jkos.2019.60.11.1021    Published online November 15, 2019.
Clinicopathological Characteristics of Caruncular Tumors in Koreans.
Jae Woo Baek, Sung Uk Baek, Ji Young Choe, Min Joung Lee
1Department of Ophthalmology, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea. minjoung@hallym.or.kr
2Department of Pathology, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea.
한국인에서 눈물언덕종양의 임상양상 및 병리학적 특징
백재우1 · 백성욱1 · 최지영2 · 이민정1
한림대학교 의과대학 안과학교실1, 한림대학교 의과대학 병리학교실2
Correspondence:  Min Joung Lee,
Email: minjoung@hallym.or.kr
Received: 26 July 2019   • Revised: 19 August 2019   • Accepted: 24 October 2019
To investigate the clinical characteristics and histological features of tumors in caruncles. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 126 eyes of 126 patients who underwent incisional or excisional biopsy of conjunctival masses between March 2008 and December 2016. RESULTS: Twenty-four patients (19.0%) including 10 males and 14 females had a mass located on the caruncle. The mean age at diagnosis was 41.8 ± 13.4 years (range, 15–67 years). Most patients (75%) visited us for a cosmetically visible mass without other symptoms. The mean duration of symptoms was 73.8 ± 113.0 months (range, 1–240 months). The most common histological diagnosis was a melanocytic tumor (50%) followed by a sebaceous gland tumor (12.5%), an epidermoid cyst (12.5%), and papilloma (12.5%). The symptom duration of the melanocytic tumor was significantly longer than other types of tumors (153.6 ± 139.8 months, p = 0.025). CONCLUSIONS: Caruncular tumors accounted for 19% of all conjunctival tumors. The most common pathological diagnosis of a caruncular tumor was a melanocytic tumor, which had a characteristically long symptom duration.
Key Words: Caruncular tumor;Clinical characteristics;Conjunctival tumor;Pathologic diagnosis

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