Eyelid Pilomatrixoma: A Description of 16 cases and a Review of the Literature

Jaime Levy, Michael Ilsar, Yael Deckel, Alexander Maly, Irene Anteby, Jacob Pe'er*

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Pilomatrixoma is an uncommon benign neoplasm that originates from the matrix of the hair root. It occurs more frequently in the head and neck region of children and adolescents, often involving the eyelid or eyebrow. Pilomatrixoma is often misdiagnosed clinically and the correct diagnosis can be established only after excision and histological examination. Pathologic diagnosis of pilomatrixoma is based on the finding of large masses of shadow cells, combined with basophilic cells, inflammation, foreign body giant cells, calcification, and ossification. We report 16 cases of eyelid pilomatrixoma that were treated in our department, and review the relevant literature.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)526-535
Number of pages10
JournalSurvey of Ophthalmology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • benign calcifying epithelioma of Malherbe
  • eyebrow
  • eyelid
  • hair follicle tumor
  • pilomatrixoma


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