Korean J Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2002 Nov;45(11):1110-1113.

A Case of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lacrimal Sac

  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. kytae@hanyang.ac.kr


Lacrimal sac tumors are relatively rare and more often malignant than benign. Primary epithelial origin tumors are the most common, followed by those of mesenchymal origin. The clinical manifestations of lacrimal sac tumors include unilateral epiphora, chronic dacrocystitis, or lacrimal mass. The dacryocystogram and CT are useful for preoperative evaluation and the biopsy is usually needed to confirm the lacrimal sac malignancy. The lacrimal sac cancer can be managed by complete surgical excision and postoperative radiotherapy. We reported a case of a priamry squamous cell carcinoma of lacrimal sac with the review of literatures. The 43-year-old patient underwent wide excision of the lacrimal sac mass with medial maxillectomy and ethmoidectomy via lateral rhinotomy approach. Postoperative radiation therapy was done.


Carcinoma; Squamous cell; Lacrimal apparatus
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