Eyelid Growths

Overview: Eyelid Growths

Eyelid growths are very common and almost always are benign in nature. Most eyelid growths are due to squamous papillomas, epidermal inclusion cysts, hidrocystomas, seborrheic keratosis, or xanthelesmas. With any eyelid growth, it is necessary to rule out a malignancy such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma.

Diagnosis

For any eyelid growth, a close and careful exam of the growth is imperative. It is also important to assess the eyelid margin for ominous signs such as loss of eyelashes and ulcerations. If the growth is suspicious for cancer, a biopsy may be indicated.

Treatment

Generally speaking, a benign growth can be left alone if it is not bothersome. If the patient is bothered by its appearance or it is causing symptoms, most eyelid growths can be removed without much difficulty in the office. For larger or cancerous eyelid growths, the treatment will usually involve surgical excision.