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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 1699-1701

Eye cancer in a young male with a vaping history

1 Ocular Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2 Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston TX, USA

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Dr. Carol L Shields
Ocular Oncology Service, 840 Walnut Street, Suite 1440, Philadelphia, PA - 19107
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_27_20

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We report a new observation of conjunctival intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) in a young man following years of electronic cigarette use. A 22-year-old man with a 5-year electronic cigarette use (vaping) developed painless unilateral blurred vision in the right eye from mild superficial corneal opacification, unresponsive to topical antiviral therapy. Corneal scraping documented no infectious etiology. The abnormality persisted for 1 year and superficial keratectomy revealed high-grade CIN with enlarged pleomorphic and dyskeratotic cells. Interferon-alpha-2b was instituted. In this case, chronic exposure to electronic cigarette vapors (vaping) could have been associated with CIN in this young patient.

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