Malignant fibrous histiocytoma of the conjunctiva
Article first published online: 19 APR 2006
Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 275–278, April 2006
How to Cite
Arora, R., Monga, S., Mehta, D. K., Raina, U. K., Gogi, A. and Gupta, S. D. (2006), Malignant fibrous histiocytoma of the conjunctiva. Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology, 34: 275–278. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2006.01203.x
- Issue published online: 19 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 19 APR 2006
- Received 2 March 2005; accepted 27 September 2005.
Fibrous histiocytomas are mesenchymal tumours composed of cells with fibroblastic to histiocytic differentiation. They can occur in any part of the body including the orbital tissues. To date, there are 18 cases of fibrous histiocytoma arising from the corneoscleral limbus reported in the literature. Eleven of these were classified as benign, and the rest were malignant fibrous histiocytomas. Benign fibrous histiocytomas have been reported in the orbit, eyelid, episclera and conjunctiva. Malignant fibrous histiocytoma has been well described in the orbit, but rarely as a primary conjunctival tumour. The rarity of the tumour makes its diagnosis and management a challenge. Herein, the clinicopathological features of a case of malignant fibrous histiocytoma are presented and its management with wide excision and cryotherapy followed by ocular reconstruction with amniotic membrane transplant is discussed.