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Lacrimal gland tumor
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Lacrimal gland tumor

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Contributors: Deepak Sobti MD
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Lacrimal gland tumors account for 9% of all orbital lesions with inflammatory, lymphocytic, metastatic, or primary epithelial origin. Special consideration is made toward the primary epithelial tumors pleomorphic adenoma and adenoid cystic carcinoma, which carry malignant transformation potential. Gradual onset of unilateral proptosis with nasal globe displacement with palpable lacrimal gland mass should warrant radiologic imaging and evaluation by an oculoplastic surgeon for possible excision. The histologic diagnosis will determine the prognosis and treatment.


C69.50 – Malignant neoplasm of unspecified lacrimal gland and duct
D31.50 – Benign neoplasm of unspecified lacrimal gland and duct

127004000  – Neoplasm of lacrimal gland

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  • Prolapsed retro-orbital fat
  • Perilacrimal gland tumors

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Last Updated: 08/26/2016
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Lacrimal gland tumor : Eye pain, Diplopia, Eyelid edema, Proptosis
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