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Orbital glomus tumor in an Asian patient

Minwook Chang1, Youngseok Lee2, Sehyun Baek1 and Tae Soo Lee1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

2 Department of Pathology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

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BMC Ophthalmology 2012, 12:62  doi:10.1186/1471-2415-12-62

Published: 5 December 2012



This report describes a recurrent orbital glomus tumor in an Asian patient.

Case presentation

A healthy 50-year-old Korean man had progressive right exophthalmos and a soft mass on his right lower lid for 6 months. We evaluated the mass using CT and MRI, and performed excisional biopsy and pathologic examination. Pathologically, the mass was a glomus tumor. Although proptosis of the right eye decreased, one month after surgery it increased to almost the same level as before surgery.


This is the first report of an Asian patient with an orbital glomus tumor that demonstrated rapid re-growth after incision without pain or visual problems.

Orbital glomus tumor; Asian patients; Recur; Rapid growth; Painless