It has been three hundred and thirty-four years since the first case of tumor of the lacrimal gland was reported by Fabricius Hildanus,1 who treated the growth successfully. From this period until 1901, when Warthin2 reviewed and classified the reported cases, which numbered 132, knowledge concerning the pathology of the individual tumors was in a chaotic state. The first authentic microscopic examination of a tumor was made in 1867. Before that time tumors were diagnosed from macroscopic examination and a study of their clinical course. It is no wonder that there were many errors in the pathologic classification when one considers that enlargement of the lacrimal gland, apart from neoplasms, may be caused by inflammatory swellings, cystic dilatations and simple hypertrophy, while secondary enlargement may be associated with Mikulicz's disease and leukemia.
The 132 cases classified by Warthin2 were later reviewed by Lane,3 who
DAVIES WS. NEOPLASMS OF THE LACRIMAL GLANDWITH A REPORT OF TWO CASES. Arch Ophthalmol. 1934;12(1):33–37. doi:10.1001/archopht.1934.00830140041003
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