[Pleomorphic adenoma mimicking dacryoadenitis]

J Fr Ophtalmol. 2004 Dec;27(10):1200-3. doi: 10.1016/s0181-5512(04)96296-1.
[Article in French]


A 56-year-old female patient displayed an increased volume of her left lacrimal gland with pain and inflammation. On CT scan, a hyperdense lacrimal mass was found in the left lacrimal fossa. Observation was the first course, for no steroid therapy could be applied because of evolving digestive ulcers. After 9 months of observation, the gland was surgically removed en bloc through a wide anterolateral approach. Pathological analysis of the gland showed a pleomorphic adenoma. This case illustrates the advantage of a wide surgical approach in treating lacrimal gland tumors, in order to avoid or limit the risk of recurrence.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma, Pleomorphic / diagnosis*
  • Dacryocystitis / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged