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JAMA Clinical Challenge

Superficial Corneal Growth

Image of Superficial Corneal Growth
Slitlamp photograph of a superficial growth of right cornea (figure reprinted from Arch Ophthalmol. 2010;128[7]:933).

Huan J. Chang, MD, MPH
During a routine office visit, you notice that your patient, a 70-year-old white man, has a small superficial growth on the surface of his right eye that you do not remember seeing before (Figure 1). When you ask about it, your patient tells you he has had the lump for about a month. He has had no previous ophthalmic or relevant medical history. He also denies any prior surgery, trauma, or infection. Physical examination is remarkable only for a superficial right corneal lesion.

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Author Affiliation: Dr Chang (tina.chang{at}jama-archives.org) is Contributing Editor, JAMA.