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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma

The most common malignant tumor of the eyelid. It may form a lump (nodular form), a lump with a central crater (nodular-ulcerative form), a lump with a cyst (cystic form), or grow like a plaque (morpheaform). The lower lid is the most frequent site. This tumor does not metastasize, but it can burrow deep into the orbit. Exposure to sun is a risk factor.

What to do?
Any persistent lump or deformity of the eyelid should be referred non-urgently for evaluation. Management will usually consist of biopsy; if malignant, the mass must be totally excised.

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