Sinus involvement in inflammatory orbital pseudotumor

Arch Ophthalmol. 1981 Apr;99(4):627-30. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1981.03930010627007.


Orbital pseudotumor is a difficult diagnosis to establish preoperatively. The relationship between sinus disease and orbital pseudotumor is controversial. We describe two patients with unilateral proptosis, diplopia, palpable orbital masses, ocular discomfort, and sinus problems of short duration. Echographically, both had low reflective masses in the orbit and the adjacent sinuses. Roentgenograms and echograms were interpreted as showing erosion of the bony orbital wall. A presumptive diagnosis of sinus malignant neoplasm with orbital extension was made. Sinus histopathologic examination in one case and nasal histopathologic examination in the other showed chronic inflammatory changes compatible with the diagnosis of pseudotumor. At orbitotomy, one patient had vessels communicating between the orbital and sinus lesions, and both patients had irregular pitting of the bone next to the histologically proved orbital pseudotumors. The lytic erosive changes predicted preoperatively were not present. Simultaneous orbital and sinus pseudotumors seem to be a distinct clinicopathologic entity. Those concerned with the diagnosis and management of orbital disease should be aware of this entity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Ethmoid Sinus
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maxillary Sinus
  • Orbital Diseases / surgery
  • Orbital Neoplasms / complications*
  • Orbital Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Paranasal Sinus Diseases / complications*
  • Paranasal Sinus Diseases / surgery
  • Paranasal Sinus Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography