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Case Rep Ophthalmol. 2015 Dec 10;6(3):439-42. doi: 10.1159/000442519. eCollection 2015 Sep-Dec.

Breast Cancer Metastasis Presenting as Conjunctival Chemosis.

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Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.


A 72-year-old woman presented with a painful right eye. A few weeks before, she had noticed a red, swollen area in the conjunctiva of the same eye. On slit lamp examination, it appeared as chemosis and vascular injection; artificial tears were prescribed. A month later, a firm mass developed on the superotemporal orbital rim, in the area of the lacrimal gland. A CT scan revealed infiltrative structures in both the left and right orbit, with contrast staining in the right lacrimal gland and near the left optic nerve. A biopsy was taken of the conjunctival swelling as well as of the lacrimal gland. Both tissues showed infiltration with lobular breast carcinoma metastases.


Breast cancer; Conjunctival chemosis; Orbital metastasis

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