Human papillomavirus infection and ocular surface disease (Review)

Int J Oncol. 2019 May;54(5):1503-1510. doi: 10.3892/ijo.2019.4755. Epub 2019 Mar 19.


Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection has been implicated as a primary cause of lesions in the anogenital region, skin, oropharynx and respiratory tract. Additionally, the role of HPV in the pathogenesis of ocular surface disease has also been extensively studied. Conjunctival papilloma development has been strongly associated with the HPV infection of certain subtypes. On the other hand, the role of HPV in conjunctival pterygium, conjunctival intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and ocular surface squamous neoplasia (OSSN) remains controversial. Genetic predisposition and environmental factor is important in HPV hosts as regards the pathogenesis of ocular surface disease. Several studies have indicate a synergic role of HPV with ultraviolet radiation in pterygium establishment. A higher recurrence risk rate and more aggressive disease of ophthalmic pterygium is observed in cases of HPV infection. The purpose of this review was to provide a systematic review of the literature and to assist in a better understanding of the role of HPV in ocular surface disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma in Situ / virology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / virology
  • Conjunctiva / abnormalities*
  • Conjunctiva / virology
  • Conjunctival Neoplasms / virology
  • Eye Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Eye Neoplasms / virology
  • Humans
  • Papillomavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Pterygium / epidemiology*
  • Pterygium / virology

Supplementary concepts

  • Pterygium Of Conjunctiva And Cornea