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Keloid of the conjunctiva simulating a conjunctival malignancy
  1. Jignesh G Parikh,
  2. Rahul N Khurana,
  3. Michael M Lai,
  4. Anthony Rodriguez,
  5. Narsing A Rao
  1. Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA
  1. Dr N A Rao, Doheny Eye Institute, 1450 San Pablo Street DVRC 211, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA; nrao{at}

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Keloids are usually formed in individuals after skin trauma and are thought to be the result of altered wound healing with excessive scar tissue formation.1 We describe a bulbar conjunctival keloid confirmed by immunohistochemical analysis and scanning electron microscopy.

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A 48-year-old Hispanic man presented with a medial conjunctival lesion in his left eye. The patient had underwent pterygium surgery in the same location 2 years previously. At 6 months after surgery, he noted progressive growth of a conjunctival mass that persisted over the next year. On examination, his vision was 20/25 in the right eye and 20/30 in the left …

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  • Funding: This study was funded by the Research to Prevent Blindness, New York, USA, and NIH grant EY03040. RNK is a Heed Fellow and is supported by the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation.

  • Competing interests: None declared.