Management of pediatric corneal limbal dermoids

Amir Pirouzian

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This paper reviews the data in the published literature (PubMed from 1937 to 2011) concerning the medical and surgical management of pediatric limbal dermoids. Current standard medical treatment for grade I pediatric limbal dermoids (ie, with superficial corneal involvment) is initially conservative. In stages II (ie, affecting the full thickness of the cornea with/without endothelial involvement) and III (ie, involvement of entire cornea and anterior chamber), a combination of excision, lamellar keratoplasty, and amniotic membrane and limbal stem cell tranplantation are advocated. Combinations of these approaches seem to yield better and more stable long-term ocular surface cosmesis and fewer complications in comparison with traditional methods of excision and lamellar keratoplasty. Management of amblyopia (i.e. occlusion treatment, chemical penalization with/without spectacle wear, etc) must continue after surgical excision to yield optimal results when or if the surgery is done at a younger age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-614
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Ophthalmology
StatePublished - Mar 27 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Amniotic membrane
  • Limbal dermoid
  • Surgical management
  • Tissue adhesive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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