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Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. 2019 Sep 30;26(3):138-140. doi: 10.4103/meajo.MEAJO_42_19. eCollection 2019 Jul-Sep.

Periocular Lobular Capillary Hemangioma in Adults: A Clinicopathological Study.

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Operation Eyesight Universal Institute for Eye Cancer, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.



To describe a case series of periocular lobular capillary hemangiomas in adults, outlining characteristic clinical and histopathological patterns.


This was a retrospective case series of 16 patients with review of clinical and histopathological features.


Eleven male and five female patients were diagnosed with periocular lobular capillary hemangioma at a median age of 38 years (mean, 41 years; range, 21-71 years). The median tumor basal diameter was 6 mm (mean, 7 mm; range, 3-14 mm) and all were well circumscribed. They arose over the course of weeks to months and developed most commonly in the eyelid region (n = 10), followed by the conjunctiva (n = 6). Excisional biopsy of the lesion was done in all cases. On histopathology, the tumors were composed of repeating units of capillary-sized lobules lined by plump endothelial cells. Lesion recurrence was noted in one case.


Lobular capillary hemangiomas are common benign vascular tumors of periocular region in adults. Clinicohistopathological features and clinical presentation of these lesions are distinctive. Excisional biopsy was curative with recurrence noted rarely.


Capillary hemangioma; conjunctiva; eye; eyelid; lobular capillary hemangioma; pyogenic granuloma

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