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October 24, 1977

Wilms' Tumor Metastatic to the Orbit

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology (Drs Fratkin, Krachmer, and Purcell), and Pediatrics (Dr Taylor), University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. Dr Purcell is now at the Department of Ophthalmology, St Louis University Medical School.

JAMA. 1977;238(17):1841-1842. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280180045025

In a 2 1/2-year-old boy, a proptotic right lower lid developed one year after a primary abdominal mass proved to be Wilms' tumor. An orbital abscess or fungal infection was considered because the child was receiving chemotherapy. However, echography demonstrated a firm orbital mass, delineated its dimensions, and showed destruction of the orbital floor. The biopsy specimen showed metastatic tumor cells. Like neuroblastoma and certain hematologic and reticuloendothelial malignant neoplasms, Wilms' tumor may secondarily invade the ocular adnexa.

(JAMA 238:1841-1842, 1977)