Ophthalmology Section DOI : 10.7860/JCDR/2016/22006.8427
Year : 2016 | Month : Sep | Volume : 10 | Issue : 09 Page : NJ01 - NJ01

Topical Mitomycin-C Chemotherapy in Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia

Charudutt Kalamkar1, Nishant Radke2, Amrita Mukherjee3, Snehal Radke4

1 Clinical Director, Orbit, Oular Oncology and Oculoplasty, Shri Ganesh Vinayak Eye Hospital, Raipur, India.
2 Consultant Retina and Vitreous, Shri Ganesh Vinayak Eye Hospital, Raipur, India.
3 Director Charity Services, Anterior Segment Surgeon, Shri Ganesh Vinayak Eye Hospital, Raipur, India.
4 Consultant Ophthalmologist, Shri Ganesh Vinayak Eye Hospital, Raipur, India.

NAME, ADDRESS, E-MAIL ID OF THE CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Dr. Charudutt Kalamkar, Shri Ganesh Vinayak Eye Hospital, Opposite Colors Mall, Dhamtari Road, Raipur-492001, India.
E-mail: charudutt03@yahoo.co.in

A 60-year-old male patient presented with slowly growing mass lesion in both eyes. Best Corrected Visual Acuity (BCVA) was 6/60, N18 in Right eye Oculus Dexter (OD) and finger counting 1 meter, <N36 in left eye Oculus Sinister (OS). Examination revealed localized gelatinous mass lesion at temporal limbus in OD [Table/Fig-1a] and diffuse mass lesion involving more than 9 clock hours of cornea in OS [Table/Fig-2a]. Biopsy of the lesion was done and diagnosis of localized Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia (OSSN) in OD and diffuse OSSN in OS was made.

Right Eye.

(a) Pre-treatment: a localized gelatinous OSSN involving temporal Limbus

(b) At 1 year post-treatment: lesion free eye with no recurrence

Left Eye.

(a) Diffuse OSSN involving more than 9 clock hours of limbus, (b) Post 1st cycle topical chemotherapy with MMC, (c) After 2nd cycle, (d) After 3rd cycle, (e) After 4 cycle, (f) 1 year follow-up: lesion free eye with no recurrence


Localized OSSN in right eye was managed by surgical excision: no touch wide excision + lamellar keratectomy + partial sclerectomy + cryotherapy on conjunctival side under local anesthesia. it was followed by 2 cycles of topical chemotherapy with mitomycin-C (MMC) 0.04%.

Diffuse OSSN in left eye was treated by monotherapy with topical MMC (0.04%) QID. Four cycles of topical MMC were given [Table/Fig-2b-e], each cycle consisting of 1 week on and 1 week off treatment. Follow-up at 1 year revealed no recurrences in OD [Table/Fig-1b]. OS was also lesion free without any recurrence [Table/Fig-2f].

Informed consent was obtained from the patient and Institution Review Board clearance was taken. The treatment was in accordance with the tenants of the Declaration of Helsinki.


OSSN is an umbrella term used for all pre-malignant and malignant epithelial lesions of the conjunctiva and cornea. OSSN is most commonly found in the interpalpebral area at or near limbus. They can be localized or diffuse with varying appearances: gelatinous, leukoplakic, and nodular.

OSSN needs to be differentiated from benign conditions like pterygium, pannus and dyskeratosis or malignant pathologies like amelanotic conjunctival melanoma.

Localized well defined tumours are treated by surgical excision with no touch technique with lamellar keratectomy with partial sclerectomy (if sclera is involved) with cryotherapy on conjunctival side [1]. Diffuse lesions are difficult to treat and have higher chances of recurrence [2].

MMC (0.04%) in form of topical chemotherapy is used as an adjuvant after surgical excision or as monotherapy for treatment of diffuse lesions. A 2 to 4 cycles of postoperative MMC has been shown to decrease the rate of recurrences [3,4].


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