Nonmalignant Tumors of the Orbit

  • Eric M. Hink
  • Vikram Durairaj
Part of the M.D. Anderson Solid Tumor Oncology Series book series (MDA, volume 6)


Most orbital tumors are nonmalignant. Nonmalignant orbital tumors can arise from any of the structures within the orbit, including blood vessels, fat, nerves, lacrimal gland, and connective tissue. Nonmalignant orbital tumors can be grouped into cystic lesions, vascular tumors, lymphoproliferative lesions, inflammatory lesions, mesenchymal tumors, neurogenic tumors, and lacrimal gland tumors. Although most orbital tumors are benign, their location may compromise ocular health and function and necessitate treatment with surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. Patient characteristics, signs, and findings on ophthalmic examination and imaging, including computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, guide the clinician in formulating a differential diagnosis.


Fibrous Dysplasia Pleomorphic Adenoma Lacrimal Gland Solitary Fibrous Tumor Cavernous Hemangioma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oculofacial Plastic and Orbital Surgery, Department of OphthalmologyUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA

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