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Purpose To review the histopathological diagnoses, visual outcome, and complication rate of orbital biopsy in a UK tertiary referral centre.Methods This was a retrospective, clinicalpathological, interventional, consecutive case series. All orbital biopsies performed between July 2004 and June 2014 in Newcastle Eye Centre (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) were included in this study. All relevant data collected from the local electronic database and medical records were analysed.Results A total of 166 orbital biopsies were identified during the study period: 86 patients (53.1%) were female and the mean age was 53.7 +/- 19.7 years. Of all the cases, orbital biopsies were performed unilaterally in 158 (97.5%) patients and bilaterally in 4 (2.5%) patients. The mean follow-up period was 2.2 +/- 2.3 years. The two most common histopathological diagnoses were non-specific inflammatory disease (62, 38.3%) and lymphoproliferative disease (40, 24.7%). None of the patients experienced >= 2-Snellen line visual loss. There were 7 (4.2%) postoperative complications noted: 1 (0.6%) orbital haemorrhage with no loss of vision, 4 (2.4%) diplopia, 1 (0.6%) short-term symblepharon, and 1 (0.6%) conjunctival granuloma. Postoperative diplopia was associated with lateral orbitotomy (P = 0.044) and excisional biopsy (P = 0.015).Conclusions Orbital biopsy serves as a safe diagnostic tool in managing orbital diseases. Patient should be made aware of the risk of postoperative diplopia. Our data provides useful guidance to clinicians when counselling patients for orbital biopsy.
Author(s): Ting DSJ, Perez-Lopez M, Chew NJ, Clarke L, Dickinson AJ, Neoh C
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Print publication date: 01/09/2015
Online publication date: 05/06/2015
Acceptance date: 18/04/2015
ISSN (print): 0950-222X
ISSN (electronic): 1476-5454
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
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