Orbital invasion with prolactinoma: A clinical review of four patients

Zeynel A. Karcioglu, Leslie B. Aden, Antonio A.V. Cruz, Lynda Zaslow, Russell J. Saloom

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Purpose: To present four patients with invasive prolactin-secreting pituitary adenomas extending in the orbit. Methods: Retrospective, noncomparative case series. Results: In all cases, the tumor was a large, invasive prolactin-secreting adenoma. In three cases, significant permanent vision loss occurred and severe disfigurement resulted; two of these patients died of tumor-related complications. In one case, the tumor responded well to medical treatment, and the orbital symptoms improved significantly. Conclusion: Although it is rare for a pituitary adenoma to invade the orbit, devastating consequences to the integrity of the globe and ocular adnexa may result. Therefore, early recognition and proper treatment of orbital pituitary tumors are of utmost importance to minimize ocular and orbital damage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-71
Number of pages8
JournalOphthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology


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