Eighteen cases of epithelial tumors of the lacrimal gland at Kyushu University

Eiji Tanaka, Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Yoh Ichi Kawano, Tatsuro Ishibashi, Yoshihiro Natori, Yoshitaka Ohnishi

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Abstract

Purpose: To study cases of epithelial tumor of the lacrimal gland at Kyushu University over the past 11 years. Methods: We retrospectively studied 18 cases of epithelial tumor of the lacrimal gland that were resected in the Department of Ophthalmology at Kyushu University between January 1991 and December 2001. Results: The tumor types included 8 pleomorphic adenomas (2 males, 6 females), 5 adenoid cystic carcinomas (4 males, 1 female), and 3 adenocarcinomas (1 male, 2 females). There was 1 case of carcinoma (in a male patient) derived from a pleomorphic adenoma and 1 case of undifferentiated carcinoma (in a male patient). One of the pleomorphic adenomas recurred, requiring reoperation. Five of the 10 malignant tumors recurred or metastasized an average of 17 months after the initial operation. Three patients lived for 34 to 36 months (average 35 months) after the initial tumor resection. Conclusions: Malignant tumors count approximately half of the epithelial tumors of the lacrimal gland and approximately a third of the malignant tumors are fatal despite resection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-134
Number of pages4
JournalFolia Ophthalmologica Japonica
Volume55
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ophthalmology

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