Angioleiomyoma of the nasolacrimal duct: case report and literature review

Orbit. 2022 Dec;41(6):783-785. doi: 10.1080/01676830.2021.1933080. Epub 2021 May 30.


Angioleiomyomas are benign tumors composed of smooth muscle and vascular endothelium. While infrequent in overall prevalence, they are exceptionally rare in the head and neck. Herein, we describe the case of a 65-year-old female who was found to have an angioleiomyoma of the right nasolacrimal duct. Endoscopic excision of the lesion along with medial maxillectomy and dacryocystorhinostomy was performed without complication. The current report is one of the few reported cases of angioleiomyoma of the lacrimal drainage system.

Keywords: Angioleiomyoma; dacryocystocele; dacryocystorhinostomy; epiphora; nasolacrimal duct.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Angiomyoma* / complications
  • Angiomyoma* / diagnostic imaging
  • Angiomyoma* / surgery
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy* / adverse effects
  • Endoscopy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lacrimal Duct Obstruction* / etiology
  • Nasolacrimal Duct* / diagnostic imaging
  • Nasolacrimal Duct* / pathology
  • Nasolacrimal Duct* / surgery