Dermoid

The conjunctival dermoid is a congenital solid mass that occurs most often at the corneoscleral limbus inferotemporally (Fig. 8.8). It can occasionally be found over the central portion of the cornea. The round, yellow-white tumor often has fine hairs on its surface. Histopatho-logically, it is a choristomatous mass lined by keratinizing stratified squamous epithelium and containing dermal elements. The conjunc-tival dermoid is often a part of Goldenhar's syndrome, a nonhereditary condition that is characterized by preauricular appendages, deafness, and vertebral anomalies.

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