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February 26, 1938

BLOODY TEARS: BILATERAL CAPILLARY HEMANGIOMAS

Author Affiliations

New Orleans

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Louisiana State University Medical Center.

JAMA. 1938;110(9):643-644. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.62790090003008b

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Abstract

This case is reported because a tumor of the right orbit and one of the left orbit were symmetrical in design and identical in location and the tissue was of the same microscopic appearance. Furthermore, the patient would often shed "bloody tears," a rare irregularity, increasing the interest in the case.

Lizzie B., a Negress, aged 51, came to the clinic complaining of a lump that existed over each eye. The lids did not open fully. Vision was 20/40 in each eye and the fundi were normal.

Palpation gave the impression that the masses were dense and of fatty or of fibrous tissue. Though moderately movable, they were thought to be attached to the bony orbital roof. The patient became quite annoyed when pressure was made on the growth and would repel the examiner if he persisted. The patient stated that weakness was produced when it was pressed on. In

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