2020–2021 BCSC Basic and Clinical Science Course™
4 Ophthalmic Pathology and Intraocular Tumors
Part I: Ophthalmic Pathology
Chapter 5: Conjunctiva
Epithelial Inclusion Cyst
A conjunctival epithelial inclusion cyst may form at a site of prior accidental or surgical trauma (eg, after strabismus surgery, retinal surgery, or enucleation). Clinically, the lesion appears as a clear, translucent cystic elevation on the ocular surface. There may be associated prominent vascularity. Histologic examination shows a cystic space in the stroma lined by nonkeratinized stratified squamous epithelium with or without goblet cells (Fig 5-14A). The lumen may be empty or may contain proteinaceous material and cellular debris (Fig 5-14B).
Excerpted from BCSC 2020-2021 series: Section 4 - Ophthalmic Pathology and Intraocular Tumors. For more information and to purchase the entire series, please visit https://www.aao.org/bcsc.