Eyelid tumors in children: a clinicopathologic study of a 10-year review in southern Taiwan

Ophthalmologica. 2004 Jul-Aug;218(4):274-7. doi: 10.1159/000078620.


Purpose: To describe the clinical and histopathologic characteristics of eyelid tumors in children in southern Taiwan.

Methods: Patients younger than 17 years old with histologically confirmed eyelid tumors treated at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (Kaohsiung) during 1991-2000 were subjected to a retrospective analysis. Patients with inflammation, granulation, hordeolum, chalazion and orbital or conjunctival extension were excluded.

Results: Totally, 78 patients (46 boys and 31 girls) with eyelid tumors were included. The 4 most common tumors, in order of frequency, were epidermal cysts (23.1%), dermoid cysts (17.9%), squamous cell papillomas (11.5%), and compound nevi (9%). Recurrence was noted in only 1 case (of a ductal cyst) after surgical excision during the 3-year follow-up period.

Conclusions: Epithelial tumors and dermoid cysts are the most common eyelid tumors of children in southern Taiwan. Surgical excision produced good results. Malignant eyelid tumors are rare in children.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dermoid Cyst / epidemiology
  • Dermoid Cyst / pathology
  • Epidermal Cyst / epidemiology
  • Epidermal Cyst / pathology
  • Eyelid Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Eyelid Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Nevus / epidemiology
  • Nevus / pathology
  • Papilloma / epidemiology
  • Papilloma / pathology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Taiwan / epidemiology