Title:
Nine-year-old girl with a respiratory epithelial cyst of the orbit
Authors:
N. Weegerink , J. Van Goethem ,S. De Schepper , T. Van de Velde andB. Schmelzer
Institutions:
Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck surgery, Department of Pathology, 3Department of Ophthalmology, Middelheim General Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium
Keywords:
Respiratory epithelial cyst; orbit
Pages:
77 - 81
Abstract:
Nine-year-old girl with a respiratory epithelial cyst of the orbit. Objective: Here we describe the clinical and histopathological characteristics of a nine-year-old girl with an intraorbital mass of the left orbit, and review the relevant literature. Results: Imaging data and surgical biopsy revealed an intraconal cystic lesion in the medial-inferior quadrant of the left orbit. The cyst was lined with ciliated pseudostratified epithelium, consistent with a respiratory epithelial cyst of the orbit. Cyst marsupialisation and partial mass removal alleviated symptoms, and no cyst recurrence was observed during follow- up. The literature suggests that this is an uncommon cause of a cystic orbital mass. Conclusion: Respiratory epithelial cysts of the orbit should be considered in the differential diagnosis of intraorbital masses. Surgical excision of such a lesion should be limited to avoid damaging orbital structures. Respiratory epithelial cysts of the orbit generally follow a benign course, and recurrence of ocular symptoms is rare.
Issue:
Vol. 12, 2016, 1st trimester


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Nine-year-old girl with a respiratory epithelial cyst of the orbit