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CASE REPORT
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 67-69

Orbital pseudotumor: Diagnosis on fine needle aspiration cytology


Department of Pathology, Military Hospital, Saugor - 470 001, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Ashwini Agarwal
Military Hospital, Saugor - 470 001, Madhya Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.42451

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Orbital pseudotumors are inflammatory lesions of the orbit of unknown etiology, which clinically and radiologically mimic an orbital neoplasm. Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is a useful tool in evaluating patients with presumed pseudotumors. We are presenting here a case of an orbital pseudotumor that was diagnosed with the aid of FNAC. A 43 year-old male presented with a complaint of unilateral proptosis in the right eye that had developed a year ago. Differential diagnoses of lymphoproliferative disorder and malignancy were considered after radiological evaluation. FNAC revealed features suggestive of reactive lymphoid hyperplasia and a diagnosis of an orbital pseudotumor was suggested that was confirmed later by histopathological examination. We report this case to emphasise the usefulness of FNAC in providing invaluable diagnostic information for proper clinical management. Thus, FNAC may save the patient the inconvenience of unnecessary exploratory orbital surgery.


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