Lacrimal gland tumor
A lacrimal gland tumor is a tumor in one of the glands that produce tears. The lacrimal glands are located under the outer part of each eyebrow. Lacrimal gland tumors can be harmless (benign) or cancerous (malignant). About half of lacrimal gland tumors are benign.
Lacrimal gland tumor Symptoms
- Double vision
- Fullness in one eyelid or the side of the face
Tests and Exams
You may first be examined by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist). You may then be evaluated by a head and neck doctor (otolaryngologist, or ENT), or a doctor who specializes in problems with the bony eye socket (orbit).
Treatment of Lacrimal gland tumor
Most lacrimal gland tumors will need to be removed with surgery. Cancerous tumors may need other treatment too, such as radiation or chemotherapy.
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.
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|Review Date: 8/24/2013
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