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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 142-144

Conjunctival mass as the initial presentation of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in a child

1 Department of Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Ophthalmology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Pathology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Jagdish Prasad Meena
Room No. 3058, Department of Pediatrics, 3rd Floor, Teaching Block, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/ijmpo.ijmpo_254_17

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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood malignancy with excellent survival. ALL has varied presentations. Presentation of ALL as a conjunctival mass is very rare. We report a child who presented to us with redness of the left eye and was found to have conjunctival mass. On biopsy, this mass was later diagnosed as ALL. The bone marrow examination supported the diagnosis. Timely diagnosis and initiation of treatment are essential to salvage the vision and to improve survival in such cases.

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