Small Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma Presenting as Recurrent Dacryocystitis: Case Report of a Rare Entity

Academic Article


  • An 84-year-old man presented with a localized, firm, tender mass over the right lacrimal sac. He had a history of acute dacryocystitis in the same eye 6 months before presentation, which resolved with antibiotics followed by uneventful dacryocystorhinostomy. At repeat presentation, the patient underwent orbital imaging and excisional biopsy of the lesion. Histologic studies revealed a small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. The patient was subsequently treated with chemotherapy and radiation. Although there are rare reports of small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma originating in the sino-orbital-lacrimal region, this is the first report of tumor presentation with acute dacryocystitis in a patient with prior dacryocystorhinostomy.
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    Author List

  • Amjad MM; Jacobs SM; Callahan MA; Gonzalez ML; Tavakoli M
  • Start Page

  • E2
  • End Page

  • E6
  • Volume

  • 38
  • Issue

  • 1