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July 1998

Pleomorphic Adenoma of the Lacrimal Gland in a Teenager

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(7):962-963. doi:10.1001/archopht.116.7.962

APPROXIMATELY 22% of lacrimal fossa lesions that undergo biopsy are epithelial in origin.1 Pleomorphic adenoma (benign mixed tumor) is the most common epithelial tumor, accounting for 53% of all epithelial lesions of the lacrimal fossa.1 Pleomorphic adenoma is rare in children. In 2 major series evaluating a total of 590 pediatric orbital tumors, no case of pleomorphic adenoma of the lacrimal gland was encountered.2,3 To our knowledge, only 5 cases of pleomorphic adenoma in children have been reported,46 the youngest child being 6 years old.6 We report herein another case in a young patient.

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