Predictors of Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia Recurrence after Excisional Surgery

Department of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miami, Florida.
Ophthalmology (Impact Factor: 6.14). 06/2012; 119(10):1974-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2012.04.022
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To identify predictors of ocular surface squamous neoplasm (OSSN) recurrence after operative resection.
Retrospective case series.
Three hundred eighty-nine consecutive patients who underwent excisional biopsy for OSSN lesions at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute from January 1, 2001, to September 20, 2010.
Review of pathology records and patient charts.
Identification of factors predictive of OSSN recurrence.
Of 389 excised OSSN lesions, 44 recurred during follow-up. The 1-year recurrence rate was 10% and the 5-year recurrence rate was 21%, with a mean time to recurrence in those with a recurrence of 2.5 years (standard deviation, 3.4). Using the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) clinical staging system, T3 and T2 lesions portended a higher risk of recurrence compared with T1 (T2/T1 hazard ratio [HR], 2.05 [P = 0.04]; T3/T1 HR, 2.31 [P = 0.07]). In addition, a location characteristic that increased the risk of tumor recurrence was tarsal involvement (AJCC T3 stage lesion; HR, 4.12; P = 0.007). Nasal location was associated with a decreased risk of tumor recurrence (HR, 0.41; P = 0.008). Pathologic characteristics significantly associated with tumor recurrence were the presence of positive margins (HR, 2.73; P = 0.008) and higher grade lesions (carcinoma in situ and squamous cell carcinoma versus dysplasia; HR, 2.55; P = 0.02). Treatment with adjuvant cryotherapy significantly decreased the risk of tumor recurrence (HR, 0.51; P = 0.03). In those patients with positive margins, the use of postoperative topical interferon therapy lowered the recurrence rate to a level similar to that of patients with negative margins.
Certain patient and tumor factors are associated with a higher risk of OSSN recurrence after operative excision, such as tarsal tumor location and positive surgical margins. Postoperative adjuvant therapy should be considered in patients with high-risk OSSN characteristics.
The authors have no proprietary or commercial interest in any materials discussed in this article.

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