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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 21-24

Tumours of the eye and ocular adnexa in south-eastern Nigeria: A histopathological study


1 Pathology Deparment, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of Pathology, University Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria

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Pathology Deparment, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano
Nigeria
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A total of 65 tumours of the eye and ocular adnexa were reported between 1987 and 1996. Sixty-six (19 cases) were malignant and forty-four percent (26 cases) benign. The malignant tumours showed a male preponderance; male:female (MIF) ratio 1.8:1 while the benign neoplasms exhibited a slight female preponderance; 1:1.4. age distribution revealed a bimodal pattern with a higher peak in the first decade and a smaller peak in the fifth. Burkitt's lymphoma emerged the commonest ophthalmic tumour accounting for 18.5% (12 cases) with a mean age at diagnosis of7.9 years while squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) was the commonest adult ophthalmic malignancy comprising 16.9% (11 cases) Squamous papilloma was the commonest benign orbito-ocular tumour while retinoblastoma was the commonest intraocular tumour. for Burkitt's and SCC were comparable to other Nigerian centres while retinoblastomas revealed relatively lower occurrence


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