Incidence of granulomatous lesions in postmortem conjunctival biopsy specimens.


We examined 58 postmortem conjunctival biopsy specimens from 30 patients without sarcoidosis. The specimens were excised randomly from the lower fornices. Histopathologic examination showed chronic inflammation, epithelial hyperplasia, subepithelial foreign bodies, inclusion cysts, and ectopic lacrimal glands. Although aggregates of foreign body giant cells were observed in three specimens (5.2%), no distinct, noncaseating granuloma formation was seen.


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