Miriam Rolf


BACKGROUND: Burkitt's Lymphoma is a rare cause of proptosis in the Western Hemisphere, especially in the adult population. It often occurs as an extension from the sinus cavities and is typically treated with systemic chemotherapy.

CASE REPORT(S). This poster will present a 63-year-old Caucasian male who presented to the optometry service at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System with an acute onset of proptosis, diplopia, and superior gaze restriction in his right eye. CT and MRI studies revealed a 2.7 x 2.0 cm right intraorbital soft tissue mass with extension into the cavernous sinus. Upon biopsy the mass was diagnosed as Burkitt's Lymphoma and the patient was referred for immediate radiation treatment. After completion of therapy the patient no longer had symptoms of diplopia and showed no residual lymphoma. The patient's proptosis was also greatly diminished.

CONCLUSIONS. Burkitt's Lymphoma is the fastest growing tumor in humans and it's distinct clinical and epidemiologic features, as well as the differential diagnosis for proptosis will be discussed. In addition appropriate diagnostic procedures, treatment plans, and optometric management will be reviewed.


Year: 2001

Program Number: Poster 75

Author Affiliation: VA Hudson Valley Health Care System

Co-Authors: Felicia Fodera, Darshna Patel

Co-Author Affiliation: State University of New York, State University of New York

Room: Exhibit Hall C