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Malignant pleural mesothelioma with lacrimal gland metastasis

Acta Ophthalmologica 2016 July 16 [Epub ahead of print] [Link]

Hanafi H, Verdijk RM, Paridaens D

Abstract

PURPOSE:
To describe a rare clinical case of biopsy-proven metastatic mesothelioma of the lacrimal gland which responded well to chemo and radiation therapy.
METHODS:
Interventional case report.
RESULTS:
A 55-year-old woman with an untreated malignant biopsy-proven pleural mesothelioma presented with right proptosis, diplopia and hypoglobus. Magnetic resonance imaging showed an aggressive lacrimal gland tumour with bony erosion. A biopsy concluded a diagnosis of metastatic mesothelioma of the lacrimal gland. Her lacrimal and lung tumours showed a marked regression following palliative chemo (carboplatin) and radiation therapy.
CONCLUSIONS:
Malignant pleural mesothelioma may metastasize to the orbit, including the lacrimal gland. A combined chemo and radiation therapy may reduce the size of the metastatic and primary tumour.

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