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November 1984

Classification and Incidence of Space-Occupying Lesions of the Orbit: A Survey of 645 Biopsies

Author Affiliations

From the Oncology Service (Drs Shields and Augsburger) and Oculoplastic Service (Dr Flanagan), Wills Eye Hospital, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, and the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (Dr Bakewell).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(11):1606-1611. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040031296011

• Six hundred forty-five consecutive biopsies of orbital lesions performed at a major ophthalmic hospital during a 20-year period were used to develop a comprehensive classification of orbital tumors and pseudotumors, excluding thyroid orbitopathy. Although this series has certain bias, it probably closely parallels the incidence of orbital lesions that would prompt a biopsy in an ophthalmic practice. It is hoped that this review, combined with a familiarity of the signs and symptoms of various orbital lesions, will aid the clinician in the diagnostic evaluation of the patient with an orbital mass.

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