Eyelid tumors

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Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
Cite this page: Pernick N. Eyelid: tumors general. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyeeyelidtumorsgeneral.html. Accessed May 28th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Consist of epithelial tumors originating in skin and conjunctival surfaces (squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma), glandular tumors originating from sebaceous, sweat and apocrine glands and hair follicles
  • Also lymphoid and melanocytic tumors
  • Occasionally Kaposi sarcoma, fibrous histiocytoma and other sarcomas
  • Regional lymph nodes are pretarsal and posttarsal plexuses, which are anastamosed
  • Lateral 2/3 of upper eyelid and lateral 1/3 of lower eyelid drain into preauricular nodes
  • Remaining lymphatics drain into submandibular nodes
  • Local extension includes soft tissue of orbit, lacrimal gland and globe
  • Frozen section (Mohs technique) useful to minimize size of excised tissue
  • Metastases to cervical, axillary and mediastinal lymph nodes, lung, liver and other viscera
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