Orbital lymphoma misdiagnosed as scleritis

Ophthalmology. 2002 Dec;109(12):2347-50. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(02)01285-x.


Objective: To describe two patients in whom orbital lymphoma was misdiagnosed and treated as scleritis.

Design: Two case reports with clinicopathologic correlation.

Methods: Each patient underwent clinical, radiologic, and histologic assessment.

Main outcome measure: Histologic confirmation of the diagnosis of orbital lymphoma.

Results: The two patients who had been diagnosed and treated as having scleritis were found to have orbital lymphoma.

Conclusion: The differential diagnosis for scleritis should include lymphoma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Diagnostic Errors*
  • Humans
  • Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell / drug therapy
  • Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell / metabolism
  • Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell / radiotherapy
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell, Marginal Zone / diagnosis*
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell, Marginal Zone / metabolism
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell, Marginal Zone / radiotherapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Orbital Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Orbital Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Orbital Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Orbital Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Scleritis / diagnosis*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Biomarkers, Tumor