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The 74-year-old - who is not mentioned - was referred to a cancer practice when a 10x10 mm white lump (photo) was formed where his right pupil should be. The mass developed two years after undergoing cataract surgery and was later identified as a corneal keloid

It looks like something straight from a sci movie.

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But this & # 39; gelatinous & # 39; Mass that stands out from a man's eye is not a special effect in the latest zombie film.

The nameless 74-year-old was referred to a cancer practice when a 10x10mm white bulge was formed where his right pupil should be.

The mass appeared two years after he had undergone cataract surgery, leaving him with a thick scar behind his cornea.

Doctors removed the mass, which was later shown to be a corneal keloid. These occur when the structures that make up this part of the eye are randomly & # 39; often after surgery or an injury.

The man does well after surgery to remove the lump, but is still struggling to see out of the affected eye.

The 74-year-old - who is not mentioned - was referred to a cancer practice when a 10x10 mm white lump (photo) was formed where his right pupil should be. The mass developed two years after undergoing cataract surgery and was later identified as a corneal keloid

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The 74-year-old – who is not mentioned – was referred to a cancer practice when a 10×10 mm white lump (photo) was formed where his right pupil should be. The mass developed two years after undergoing cataract surgery and was later identified as a corneal keloid

The man was treated by a team at the Duke Eye Center, led by Dr. Nikolas Raufi from the residency program for ophthalmology.

Dr. Raufi was the lead author of the unusual case report that was published in the prestigious magazine JAMA ophthalmology.

Dr. John Hovanesian – a clinical spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology – emphasized corneal keloids are & # 39; an extremely rare complication & # 39; of surgery.

& # 39; Many eye doctors have never seen a corneal keloid because it is so rare & # 39 ;, he said Live Science.

Despite their name linking them to keloids – raised scars – of the skin, the authors wrote that & # 39; no link was found with cutaneous keloid & # 39 ;.

The man told doctors that he previously suffered from herpetic keratitis. This happens when the herpes virus – which can manifest itself as an STD or cold sore – spreads to the eyes.

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He also had cataract surgery on the same eye two years earlier.

This procedure was complicated by bullous keratopathy, which occurs when fluid accumulates in the cornea. The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye, which plays an important role in focusing the eyesight.

The man's bullous keratopathy remained untreated and left him with a swollen, cloudy cornea with blisters on the surface.

He later noticed a scar on his cornea, which gradually grew over six months.

The patient was eventually left with the white lesion, which even had its own blood supply.

An ultrasound showed that he had a split (photo) 1.5 mm in his eye, between his cornea and the lesion. The doctors therefore had to be particularly careful when removing the mass
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An ultrasound showed that he had a split (photo) 1.5 mm in his eye, between his cornea and the lesion. The doctors therefore had to be particularly careful when removing the mass

An ultrasound showed that he had a split (photo) 1.5 mm in his eye, between his cornea and the lesion. The doctors therefore had to be particularly careful when removing the mass

WHAT IS A CORNEAL KELOID?

A corneal keloid is a pearly white, & # 39; gelatinous & # 39; lump protruding from where the pupil of the eye should be.

They are so rare that only about 80 cases have been reported since the phenomenon was established in 1865.

Corneal keloids are defined as a randomized arrangement of fibroblasts, collagen bundles, and blood vessels.

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If the lesions appear in both eyes, they are normally associated with the congenital condition Lowe syndrome or Rubenstein-Taybi syndrome.

Cases that occur on their own are usually eye damage, infection or surgery.

However, Dr. John Hovanesian – a clinical spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology – emphasized that corneal keloids & # 39; an extremely rare complication & # 39; of an operation.

& # 39; Many eye doctors have never seen a corneal keloid because it is so rare & # 39 ;, he said Live Science.

Despite their name linking them to keloids – raised scars – of the skin, the authors wrote that & # 39; no link was found with cutaneous keloid & # 39 ;.

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The mass was so large that doctors were unable to see the anterior segment of the man, which forms the anterior third of the eye and contains the cornea, iris, and lens.

An eye examination was also picked up on a gap between the man's cornea and his lesion, whose doctors were estimated to be no more than 1.5 mm deep.

This prompted them to be more careful when removing the lesion.

Once removed, physicians identified the mass as a corneal keloid.

Two weeks after the operation, the man was still unable to count the number of fingers shown to him. His eye was also bloodshot and cloudy.

By week 16 the man could see a hand waving 3ft in front of him, but his vision remained blurred.

& # 39; He is doing well subjectively, but is being prosecuted for developing a recurrence & # 39 ;, wrote the authors.

Corneal keloids are so rare that only about 80 cases have been reported since the phenomenon was established in 1865.

They are defined as a random arrangement of fibroblasts, collagen bundles and blood vessels.

If the lesions appear in both eyes, they are normally associated with the congenital condition Lowe syndrome or Rubenstein-Taybi syndrome.

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Cases that occur on their own are usually eye damage, infection or surgery.

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