Condition: Orbital tumours2018-09-18T13:15:47+00:00

Orbital tumours Overview

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There are different treatment options available for this condition and the most common ones are listed below:

  • Biopsy
  • Chemotherapy or radiotherapy
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Orbital tumours

What are orbital tumours?

The orbit is the bony cavity that contains the eyeball, the eye muscles, the lacrimal gland, fat, nerves and blood vessels. When one of these structures grows abnormally it is known as a tumour. These can be either benign or malignant.

As the orbit is a closed cavity, any abnormal growth causes compression of the other structures, which damages them. Malignant tumours, in addition to compressing other structures, destroy surrounding tissue and can spread to different areas of the body.

Symptoms of orbital tumours

The majority of symptoms are related to the compression of the other structures as a result of abnormal growth of another, such as:

  • Proptosis (abnormal protrusion of the eyeball)
  • An increasing in intraocular pressure
  • Visual impairment
  • Compression of the optic nerve may impair visual function which can cause irreversible lost of vision.
  • Compression of the eye muscles can cause double vision

Examination for orbital tumours

The oculoplastic surgeon carries out a comprehensive ophthalmological examination, including a vision test, colour vision test, assessment of eye movement, pupils, visual fields etc. It may be necessary to instil drops that dilate the pupil to examine the retina and optic nerve.

If an orbital tumour is suspected, a CT scan and/or an MRI will be necessary.

Treatment for orbital tumours

A biopsy is taken for study. The biopsy is done under either local or general anaesthetic, through a small skin incision or an incision in the conjunctiva (close to the eye). If the tumour is easily accessible it may be possible to remove the entire tumour out at the time of the biopsy. Some tumours can be treated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. These treatments are usually done by oncologists, with whom the oculoplastic surgeon will work closely.

Some tumours don’t need treatment, in which case simple follow-up appointments to check visual function every few months are all that is necessary. If surgical treatment is required, it will be carried out by an oculoplastic surgeon, sometimes in conjunction with other specialist such as plastic surgeons, neurosurgeons or maxillofacial surgeons.


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