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Minerva Pediatr. 1998 Dec;50(12):519-28.

[Intraorbital tumors in children. Two cases and review of the literature].

[Article in Italian]

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  • 1Dipartimento di Pediatria, Universit√† degli Studi, Padova.


Also in childhood, the orbital cavity is a possible place for different kinds of lesions. The recent contribution of magnetic risonance imaging (MRI) enables a more accurate differential diagnosis of intraorbital pathology. The clinical and neuroradiological data of two new patients affected respectively by intraorbital meningioma and schwannoma are presented. Both patients showed exophthalmos without pain and were treated with surgery. The different etiologies of intraorbital lesions, i.e. vascular, neoplastic, inflammatory, cystic and malformative are analyzed. Sometimes the case history and neuroradiological assessment alone enable a correct diagnosis. More often, however, only surgery reveals the exact nature of the disease. The age of the patient too can represent a criteria for a possible differential diagnosis.

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