Classification and incidence of space-occupying lesions of the orbit. A survey of 645 biopsies

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984 Nov;102(11):1606-11. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1984.01040031296011.


Six hundred forty-five consecutive biopsies of orbital lesions performed at a major ophthalmic hospital during a 20-year period were used to develop a comprehensive classification of orbital tumors and pseudotumors, excluding thyroid orbitopathy. Although this series has certain bias, it probably closely parallels the incidence of orbital lesions that would prompt a biopsy in an ophthalmic practice. It is hoped that this review, combined with a familiarity of the signs and symptoms of various orbital lesions, will aid the clinician in the diagnostic evaluation of the patient with an orbital mass.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy
  • Bone Neoplasms / classification
  • Humans
  • Orbital Neoplasms / classification*
  • Orbital Neoplasms / pathology
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / classification