Eyelid Papilloma

Updated: Mar 21, 2016
  • Author: Mounir Bashour, MD, PhD, CM, FRCSC, FACS; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy, Sr, MD  more...
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Overview

Background

An eyelid papilloma is any lesion on the eyelid that is papillomatous, that is, of smooth, rounded, or pedunculated elevation.

The lesion that most commonly fits this description is a benign squamous papilloma. However, it is possible that other benign eyelid lesions may take on the same appearance, as well as malignant skin lesions, especially squamous carcinoma. Malignant eyelid skin conditions are covered in other articles; this article outlines benign skin lesions.

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Pathophysiology

Squamous papilloma is a benign tumor of epithelial origin.

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Epidemiology

Frequency

International

Squamous papilloma is the most common benign lesion of the eyelid.

Race

No known differences in race presentation or frequency exist.

Sex

No difference in occurrence exists between the sexes.

Age

Frequency increases steadily with age, but they may occur at any age and are seen most frequently in patients older than 30 years.

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