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Ophthalmic Surg Lasers. 2000 Mar-Apr;31(2):157-61.

Excision of multiple eyelid apocrine hidrocystomas via an en-bloc lower eyelid blepharoplasty incision.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.


A 39-year-old man presented with upper and lower eyelid apocrine hidrocystomas that had recurred after each of three prior attempts at excision. These multiple, cystic tumors were adherent to the epidermis, thus precluding complete dissection and excision of each individual lesion. We report a surgical technique using a lower eyelid blepharoplasty incision to remove the confluent tumors of the lower eyelids en-bloc. We paid careful attention to both removing the lesions without rupturing the cysts and to achieving adequate depth of excision. Histology revealed features typical of apocrine hidrocystomas. The patient has remained free of recurrence three years since the en-bloc excision of the lesions.

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