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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 40-41

Conjunctival pyogenic granulomas

Medical Foundation & Clinic, Enugu and Department of Ophthalmology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

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Nwabueze O Magulike
Dept of Ophthalmology, UNTH, Enugu
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Aim: To study the excised pyogenic granuloma(PG) of the conjunctiva in Igbos. Methods: During a 30-years period, conjunctival biopsy specimens submitted for histological opinion were studied retrospectively with special reference to PG. Results: There were 21 cases, all being unilateral. The male: female ratio was 3:1. The males peaked in the 31-40 range while the few females showed wide scatter. Most patients presented within 6 months of noticing their lesions which usually measured up to 1 cm across. Trauma was documented in some cases. Whereas two ophthalmologists submitted 4 specimens each, one sent three, another provided two, and 8 forwarded single examples. Discussion: This series was typical in manifesting the rapid evolution characteristic of PG in other parts of the body. Such rapidity differentiates PG from longer lasting lesions, e.g cancers, whose own treatment is more invasive. The combined frequency of maleness and youngness among the sufferers may be appreciated as being due proneness to injury of the occupational type. In conclusion, if ophthalmologists provide these data in Laboratory Request Forms, epidemiological researches would be facilitated.

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