Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon
    Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon

      PAPILLOMA

      What is a Papilloma?

      A papilloma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumour which takes the shape of a tag, finger or frond. Papillomata arising from the skin are the same colour as the surrounding skin, are painless, grow slowly and rarely bleed but often itch. Rubbing a lesion in response to the itch may help papillomata to spread to the local area or to others as they are caused by the human papilloma virus and therefore contagious.

      They are not harmful but can be a cosmetic concern and if arising from the central upper eyelid margin, they can occasionally obstruct the vision.

      Treatment

      • Excision*
      • Cautery
      • Laser surgery
      • Cryotherapy (freezing)
      • Liquid nitrogen

      Excision would be the preferred method of treating an eyelid papilloma to avoid damage to adjacent structures.

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