Breast Cancer Metastasis Presenting as Conjunctival Chemosis

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A 72-year-old woman presented with a painful right eye. A few weeks before, she had noticed a red, swollen area in the conjunctiva of the same eye. On slit lamp examination, it appeared as chemosis and vascular injection; artificial tears were prescribed. A month later, a firm mass developed on the superotemporal orbital rim, in the area of the lacrimal gland. A CT scan revealed infiltrative structures in both the left and right orbit, with contrast staining in the right lacrimal gland and near the left optic nerve. A biopsy was taken of the conjunctival swelling as well as of the lacrimal gland. Both tissues showed infiltration with lobular breast carcinoma metastases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-442
Number of pages4
JournalCase Reports in Ophthalmology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2016


  • Breast cancer
  • Conjunctival chemosis
  • Orbital metastasis


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