Transitional cell-type papillary carcinoma of the lacrimal sac manifesting as a medial canthal skin lesion

Benjamin P. Erickson, Yasha S. Modi, Marcus J. Ko, Rehan M. Hussain, Carmen Gomez-Fernandez, Thomas E. Johnson

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A 61-year-old man presented with a 2.5 cm fungating skin lesion above the right medial canthus, accompanied by fluctuance and subtle inferotemporal globe displacement. The tumor had erupted 2 months previously and grown rapidly. Computed tomography (CT) revealed a 4.2 × 2.8 × 2.1 cm exophytic mass of the right orbit, superimposed on chronic dacryocystitis. Incisional biopsy disclosed faulty epithelial maturation sequence with possible basement membrane invasion. The patient underwent wide excision with medial maxillectomy, inferior turbinectomy, ethmoidectomy, and partial rhinectomy. The orbital floor was then reconstructed; a paramedian forehead flap and myocutaneous cheek advancement flap were used to fill cutaneous defects. All surgical margins were negative on both frozen and permanent sections. Definitive histopathology was consistent with transitional cell type papillary carcinoma of the lacrimal sac. Adjuvant radiotherapy was recommended, but the patient has declined further treatment. He remains recurrence-free at one year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-381
Number of pages4
JournalOrbit (London)
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • Cutaneous lesion
  • Lacrimal sac tumor
  • Orbital tumor
  • Transitional cell carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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