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Orbital Tumors

Benign and malignant lesions can develop within the eye socket, or orbit. Some examples of lesions within the orbit include cavernous hemangiomas, lymphangiomas, lymphomas, and squamous cell carcinoma. Orbital tumors can also metastasize from elsewhere in the body (for example, from breast cancer.) These tumors can vary considerably according to the age of the patient, and can include cysts, vascular lesions (arising from blood vessels), nerve tumors, sinuses or head, and may also spread directly from surrounding sinuses or the cranium.

A variety of orbital tumors can become present in both children and adults. They can impair vision or cause pain. The best method for detection of a tumor is through a CT scan or MRI. These imaging services can be conveniently performed in the same building as our office. It is critical that these lesions are detected as early as possible and quickly corrected.

Treatment of these lesions may require orbital biopsy or excision. Because these lesions can be vision-threatening, and also due to the complexity of the orbital structure, treatment requires special care from an expert. It is important to choose a surgeon who is specialized in eyelid, orbit, and tear drainage surgery. Oculoplastic surgeons are well-trained in these areas and work together with other physicians in the treatment of orbital tumors.

Minimally-invasive removal of a cavernous hemangioma of the orbit causing double vision (Surgeon: Dr. Iyengar)

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