Clinical characteristics of orbital tumours as seen in a tertiary eye center

  • Mussie Haile
  • Wondu Alemayehu



Clinical files of 93 patients with orbital tumours were examined. Primary orbital tumours accounted for 55% of cases and secondary tumours for 45%. The most frequently diagnosed primary orbital tumours were mucoceles (15%), lacrimal gland tumours (7.5%), and rhabdomyosarcoma (6.5%). The most common secondary orbital tumours were retinoblastoma (23.6%), and squamous cell carcinoma (10%). Commonly found physical signs, radiographic and ultrasonographic findings are reported. Most frequently employed surgical techniques for removal of the tumours was exenteration (64%). Orbitotomy through various approaches was employed in 36% of the patients. Agreement was obtained between the clinical and histopathologic diagnoses for the commonly encountered orbital tumours. Poor outcome is expected, because of late presentation in most patients. Discussion and recommendations on further management of cases is given. [Ethiop. J. Health Dev. 1997;11(3):201-206]


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