Acinic cell carcinoma arising in a lacrimal gland. First case report

Cancer. 1986 May 15;57(10):1988-91. doi: 10.1002/1097-0142(19860515)57:10<1988::aid-cncr2820571018>;2-n.


Acinic cell carcinoma is a rare neoplasm nearly always observed in the salivary glands. Our experience documents a case of this pathology, occurring in the lacrimal gland, never reported in the literature before. A 59-year-old white woman was admitted with reduced vision and a painless swelling in the area of the right lacrimal gland. Computerized axial tomography showed an intraorbital radio-opaque mass compressing the eyeball from behind. The patient underwent right temporal orbitotomy and total removal of the lesion. The surgical specimen was constituted by a cystic mass containing citrine liquid. Microscopic examination proved the lesion to be an acinic cell carcinoma. Differential diagnostic problems and similarity to salivary gland acinic tumors are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Carcinoma / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / pathology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Orbital Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Orbital Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed