Ocular adnexal reactive lymphoid hyperplasia in children

Abdullah Al-Mujaini*, Upender Wali, Anuradha Ganesh, Ibrahim Al-Hadabi, Ikram Burney

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Aim: To describe the clinical and histopathological features of ocular reactive lymphoid hyperplasia in children, and review the literature regarding this entity. Materials and Methods: In this retrospective, interventional case series, a chart review was performed of three patients diagnosed with reactive lymphoid hyperplasia. Details of clinical presentation, ocular and systemic examination findings, management and subsequent course were noted. Results: Three children, aged 9-14 years presented with ocular adnexal masses (two unilateral and one bilateral) with 7-12 months duration. Ocular examination revealed discrete nasal conjunctival masses in two patients, and bilateral eyelid fullness and conjunctival chemosis in the third patient. Systemic evaluation and laboratory tests were normal in all patients. Orbital imaging showed lacrimal gland enlargement in one patient. Histopathological evaluation with immunohistochemical markers established the diagnosis of reactive lymphoid hyperplasia. Two patients underwent surgical excision with complete resolution. All patients have remained stable and at their last follow-up have showed no evidence of recurrence, transformation, or systemic involvement. Conclusion: Reactive lymphoid hyperplasia, though uncommon in children, can have a favorable outcome with timely intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-409
Number of pages4
JournalMiddle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • Children
  • Conjunctiva
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Lacrimal Gland
  • Lymphoid Hyperplasia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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