Bilateral leukemic infiltration of the lacrimal sac in a child

Alexandra E. Levitt, Catherine J. Choi, Thomas E. Johnson

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An 8-year-old boy with a history of refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia presented with left-sided periorbital erythema and painless enlargement of the lacrimal sac. MRI revealed a soft tissue mass on the floor of the left orbit, extending into the nasolacrimal sac and duct. Lacrimal sac biopsy was consistent with B-lymphoblastic leukemia. The patient was treated with chemotherapy and radiation with satisfactory remission of local disease. However, similar symptoms emerged shortly after on the contralateral side, and repeat MRI was concerning for new leukemic infiltration of the right lacrimal sac. Bone marrow biopsy revealed concurrent medullary relapse. Systemic chemotherapy was adjusted and radiation therapy of the right orbit was initiated. This is the first reported pediatric case of bilateral leukemic involvement of the lacrimal sac.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E28-E30
JournalOphthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology


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