Enucleation (surgery)

As a general surgical technique, enucleation refers to the surgical removal of a mass without cutting into or dissecting it.

Removal of the eye

Enucleation refers to removal of the eyeball itself, while leaving surrounding tissues intact.

Removal of oral cysts and tumors

In the context of oral pathology, enucleation involves removal of all tissue (both hard and soft) involved in a lesion.[1]

Removal of uterine fibroids (leiomyomata)

Enucleation is removal of fibroids without removing the uterus (hysterectomy), which is also commonly performed.


  1. ^ Marx, Robert E.; Stern, Diane (2003). Oral and maxillofacial pathology: a rationale for diagnosis and treatment. Chicago: Quintessence. p. 684. ISBN 0-86715-390-3.

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