Oncocytic lesions of the caruncle and other ocular adnexa

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977 Mar;95(3):474-8. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1977.04450030116017.


This is a clinicopathologic study of 18 oncocytic lesions involving the ocular adnexa. These lesions most commonly occur in elderly patients (median age 73), and there is a striking predilection for women. The broad spectrum of lesions included oncocytic adenomatous hyperplasia, oncocytomas, and oncocytic carcinoma. Ten lesions, all of which were oncocytomas, involved the caruncle, four the conjunctiva, and one the mucocutaneous junction of the eyelid. Two tumors involved the lacrimal sac and one the lacrimal gland. A review of the literature disclosed only 17 previously reported oncocytic lesions of the ocular adnexa. A small yellowish-tan or reddish caruncular mass, especially in an elderly woman, should alert the ophthalmologist to consider the possibility of oncocytoma in his differential diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / pathology*
  • Aged
  • Conjunctiva / pathology*
  • Eye Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lacrimal Apparatus / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged