Year : 2014  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 104-106

Metastatic orbital adenocarcinoma from an unknown primary site

Department of Radiology, Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, P. M. B. 102, Abakaliki, Ebonyi, Nigeria

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Dr. Francis O Okpala
Department of Radiology, Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, P. M. B 102, Abakaliki, Ebonyi
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DOI: 10.4103/2276-7096.139066

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Orbital metastases are rare and are a relatively uncommon cause of adult proptosis. They can be difficult to diagnose, even with new diagnostic imaging techniques. Orbital biopsies with histology can demonstrate about 90% of cases and this diagnosis is often unexpected. In most cases of orbital metastatic disease with an unknown primary site, the site of origin may never be found, even at autopsy. This report is that of an adult male with orbital metastasis that was difficult to diagnose by medical imaging and the primary site could not be found. The rarity of this tumor and the fact that the histological type (adenocarcinoma) is even less common prompted the report of this case.

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