Squamous cell carcinoma of the eyelid

Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 1994 Sep;10(3):153-9. doi: 10.1097/00002341-199409000-00002.


A total of 24 patients (12 men and 12 women) with squamous cell carcinoma of the eyelid were identified from pathology records at Wills Eye Hospital from 1978 through 1987. Squamous cell carcinoma accounted for 24 of 648 (3.7%) malignant eyelid lesions submitted during the 10-year study period. The median age of patients at the time of diagnosis was 72 years (range, 55 to 96 years). Initial therapy of all tumors involved surgical excision. Four patients developed clinical recurrence of squamous cell carcinoma in a median of 7.5 months after surgery. There were no tumor recurrences when frozen section techniques were applied during the initial surgical excision. The data suggest that the risk of persistence or recurrence of tumor was increased for patients who delayed seeking medical care after the lesion was first noticed and when frozen section control was not used during surgery. None of the patients were known to have developed metastases, and there were no tumor-related deaths.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / surgery
  • Cryosurgery
  • Eyelid Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Eyelid Neoplasms / surgery
  • Eyelids / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors