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Lacrimal gland tumor

Definition

A lacrimal gland tumor is a tumor in the glands that release tears. These glands are located above and to the side of each eye. The tumor can be harmless (benign) or cancer (malignant).

Symptoms

  • Double vision
  • Fullness in one eyelid or the side of the face
  • Pain

Signs and tests

A head and neck or eye (orbital) specialist will perform an examination and evaluate vision. Tests may include a CT or MRI scan.

Treatment

Often patients need surgery to remove the tumor. Cancerous tumors may need additional treatment.

Expectations (prognosis)

The outlook is generally excellent for noncancerous growths. The outlook for cancer depends on the type of cancer and stage at which it is discovered.

References

Abeloff MD, Armitage JO, Niederhuber JE, Kastan MB, McKena WG. Clinical Oncology. 3rd ed. Orlando, Fl: Churchill Livingstone; 2004.

Noble J. Textbook of Primary Care Medicine. 3rd ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby; 2001.


Review Date: 8/6/2009
Reviewed By: Alan Lipkin, MD, Otolaryngologist, Private Practice Denver, Colorado. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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