Benign Approach to a Malignant Orbital Tumor: Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 1994 Mar;10(1):42-4. doi: 10.1097/00002341-199403000-00008.


A well-circumscribed, pseudoencapsulated benign-appearing lesion in the retrobulbar orbit of a 50-year-old man was found to be a metastatic renal cell carcinoma. The patient had a nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma 15 years before, and had developed four other isolated metastases over the preceding 8 years. He had a further distant metastasis 1 year later, but is living and well 4 years after excision of the orbital tumor. Metastatic renal cell carcinoma of the orbit may have very benign characteristics, both clinically and radiographically, and can often be managed effectively by local excision with prolonged survival.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brain Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Brain Neoplasms / secondary
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell / diagnostic imaging
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell / secondary*
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell / surgery
  • Humans
  • Kidney Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Kidney Neoplasms / surgery
  • Lung Neoplasms / secondary
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mouth Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Mouth Neoplasms / secondary
  • Nephrectomy
  • Orbital Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Orbital Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Orbital Neoplasms / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed