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April 1994

Previously Undiagnosed Lymphoma Presenting as Recurrent Dacryocystitis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Birmingham & Midland Eye Hospital (Drs Kheterpal and Kirkby), and the Departments of Histopathology (Dr Chan) and Otorhinolaryngology (Dr Batch), Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham, England.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1994;112(4):519-520. doi:10.1001/archopht.1994.01090160095027

Lymphoma occurring in the lacrimal sac is uncommon and usually occurs in patients with known systemic disease. We report the case of an 82-year-old woman who presented with recurrent right dacryocystitis and a mass in the left lower eyelid. The results of the biopsy of the eyelid and fine-needle aspiration of the swelling arising from the lacrimal fossa demonstrated low-grade B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This unusual presentation and the histopathological features are described.

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