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Optom Vis Sci. 1993 Dec;70(12):1058-60.

Unexpected histological findings in pterygium.

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Eye Clinic, Monfalcone Hospital, Italy.


Pterygium is thought to be a common benign lesion of the corneo-conjunctival limbus. We report a case in which the pathological examination of an apparently trivial pterygium disclosed the presence of a conjunctival intraepithelial neoplasm in a 53-year-old white male who has been living in Kenya for 35 years. An atypical grayish area on the lesion convinced the surgeon to request the histological examination.

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