The Incidence and Histology of Fuchs's Adenoma

W. Jackson Iliff, W. Richard Green

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In a series of 100 eyes received from the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland and the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration of New York, 16 small benign ciliary-body tumors were found in 14 eyes from 12 individual patients. Approximately 20% of the donors had one or more ciliary body adenomas. Some support to the theory of invagination concerning their origin is given, as well as evidence that most of the bulk of the tumor is made of basement membrane produced by the epithelium of the tumor. Their high incidence, especially in older persons, and their benign nature are stressed, and it is suggested some caution be exercised before radical surgical procedures are undertaken in the management of ciliary-body tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-254
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1972


  • Fuchs's adenoma
  • aging changes
  • basement membrane
  • ciliary body
  • epithelioma
  • iridocyclectomy
  • nonpigmented ciliary epithelium
  • pigmented ciliary epithelium
  • pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia
  • tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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