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October 1984

Orbital Burkitt's Lymphoma in a Homosexual Man With Acquired Immune Deficiency

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology (Drs Brooks and Engel), Pathology (Dr Downing), and Medicine (Dr McClure), Gainesville Veterans Administration Medical Center, University of Florida.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(10):1533-1537. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040031253030

• A 22-year-old homosexual man had persistent systemic lymphadenopathy and a three-week history of rapid swelling and induration of his right upper eyelid. Acquired immune deficiency leading to the development of lymphoma was suspected. A biopsy specimen of the mass revealed Burkitt's lymphoma and treatment with systemic chemotherapy and radiation therapy resulted in remission. A significant number of patients with acquired immune deficiency are developing Burkitt's lymphoma. The three separate syndromes of acquired immune deficiency and their associated ophthalmic manifestations are discussed.