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Conjunctival papilloma arising from the caruncle

Submitted by John Chen, MD, PhD

Photo by D. Brice Critser, CRA

Updated and Expanded by: Ike Hasley, BS  and Lorraine M. Provencher, MD

A conjunctival papilloma is a benign squamous epithelial tumor. There is a strong association of conjunctival papilloma with the human papillomavirus (HPV), most notably strains 6 and 11 (low-risk) and 16 and 33 (high-risk). Treatment consists of surgical excision with free margins, followed by cryotherapy.


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Conjunctival papilloma

Conjunctival papilloma

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last updated: 03/24/2017; originally posted: 04/18/2013
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