Adenoid cystic carcinoma of lacrimal glands

Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) of the lacrimal glands is an extraconal malignancy usually originating from the orbital lobe of the lacrimal gland.

It often presents with orbital pain and paresthesia, since this type of tumour is frequently associated with perineural spreading.

CT-scan

CT-scan shows an infiltrative mass involving the lacrimal gland, very often associated with bony destruction, showing enhancement after contrast administration.

MRI
  • T1: homogeneously hypointense
  • T2: usually isointense, but sometimes hypointense (basaloid subtype)
  • T1 C+ (Gd): moderate enhancement
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Article Information

rID: 20130
System: Head & Neck
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the lacrimal gland

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