Conjunctival Biopsy of Anophthalmic Socket in Sarcoidosis


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Abstract

A case of sarcoidosis was diagnosed by a random conjunctival biopsy from an anophthalmic socket. A 22-year-old black female patient presented with anterior and posterior uveitis and subconjunctival nodules in the left eye. Her right eye was enucleated due to a penetrating injury 3 years before admission. Biopsy of subconjunctival nodules in the left eye failed to demonstrate granulomatous inflammation; however, a random conjunctival biopsy from the normal-appearing anophthalmic socket conjunctiva revealed noncaseating granulomas. Conjunctival biopsy is a safe, cost-effective means of diagnosis in sarcoidosis suspects. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of sarcoidosis confirmed with random conjunctival biopsy from an anophthalmic socket.

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