Epithelial ingrowth into cornea

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 1 May 2018, last major update October 2013

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Cite this page: Pernick, N. Cornea: epithelial ingrowth into cornea. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyecorneaepithelialingrowth.html. Accessed January 23rd, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Occurs after penetrating corneal injury (trauma, surgery)
  • Epibulbar squamous epithelium grows through wound into anterior chamber of eye and may replace corneal epithelium and cause bullous keratopathy
  • May cause intractable glaucoma if epithelium invades trabecular meshwork
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Squamous epithelium in cornea instead of single layered corneal epithelium
Positive stains