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September 1971

Late Recurrent Retinoblastoma in the Nasal Vestibule

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Department of Surgery/Head and Neck (Dr. Jafek) and the Jules Stein Eye Institute (Drs. Lindford and Foos), University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;94(3):264-267. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770070258015

Antral and nasal vestibular recurrence of retinoblastoma is reported in a 10-year-old girl 6½ years after enucleation of the ipsilateral eye (8½ years after enucleation of the contralateral eye). There was no evidence of visceral or osseous metastasis. The treatment was radical maxillectomy. Spread to the antrum was apparently bloodborne. The tumor cells then remained in a state of "suspended viability" for a period of years before resuming rapid proliferation and becoming clinically evident. Continued, careful long-term follow-up is indicated in cases of retinoblastoma because of rare late recurrences.

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