July 2002: 66-year-old female with a one-year history of progressive left proptosis

Brain Pathol. 2003 Jan;13(1):111-2, 117. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3639.2003.tb01096.x.


The July 2002 Case of the Month (COM). This 66-year-old Caucasian female presented with gradually increasing protrusion of her left eye over a one-year period. She complained of increased tearing and foreign body sensation. The physical examination revealed a visual acuity of 20/20, normal color testing, full vision field with motility of her left eye limited in lateral gaze. Pupils were round, symmetric, with no afferent pupillary defect noted. On external examination, her left eye was grossly proptotic with resistance to retropulsion. She had 4 mm proptosis of the left eye. Computed tomography and MR imaging demonstrated a left retro-orbital mass with gadolinium enhancement and focal remodeling of orbital bones. She underwent surgical resection of tumor with a diagnosis of solitary fibrous tumor, and postoperatively she was symptom free. The histopathological differential diagnoses of spindle cell neoplasms of the orbit are discussed. Five months after surgery, no evidence of tumor recurrence was seen on neuroimaging and her vision was 20/20.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Exophthalmos / etiology
  • Female
  • Fibroma / complications
  • Fibroma / diagnostic imaging
  • Fibroma / metabolism
  • Fibroma / pathology*
  • Fibroma / ultrastructure
  • Hemangiopericytoma / pathology
  • Histiocytoma, Benign Fibrous / pathology
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Leiomyoma / pathology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Meningioma / pathology
  • Neurilemmoma / pathology
  • Orbital Neoplasms / complications
  • Orbital Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Orbital Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Orbital Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Orbital Neoplasms / ultrastructure
  • Radiography