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Case Rep Ophthalmol. 2013 Jun 6;4(2):16-9. doi: 10.1159/000353222. Print 2013 May.

Atypical presentation of a pigmented oncocytoma of the caruncle: a case report.

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Departments of Ophthalmology Scientific Institute San Raffaele, Vita-Salute University, Milan, Italy.


We report an unusual case of a pigmented oncocytoma of the caruncle. The lesion presented the following atypical features: a well-circumscribed, partially pigmented, and lobulated mass that macroscopically resembled a caruncular nevus. However, an excision biopsy revealed an oncocytoma instead. Thus, although nevi are the most common lesions found in the caruncle, oncocytoma should also be considered in the differential diagnosis of a pigmented caruncular mass, especially in elderly female patients.


Conjunctival neoplasm; Nevus; Oncocytoma

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