What is an orbital tumor?
Orbital tumors can be malignant or benign and occur in all ages. Patients often present with proptosis, or bulging of the eye, and possibly vision problems or double vision. Benign orbital tumors can occur more commonly such as cavernous hemangiomas, and luckily today there are many treatment options for orbital tumors depending on the cell type and stage at presentation. For some cancers in other parts of the body, it can spread to the orbit around the eye or the tumor can originate in the orbit. If the tumor extends into the brain or sinuses, a team approach to remove the tumor by Oculoplastic surgeons, Neurosurgeons, and ENT surgeons is often necessary. Several factors regarding type and location of the orbital tumor will determine the treatment, follow up and prognosis. Surgery can often be outpatient or a few days in the hospital, usually under general anesthesia. Dr. Amato has treated hundreds of patients with orbital tumors for the past 18 years.
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