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The Korean Journal of Pathology 2007;41(3): 190-192.
Ductal Adenocarcinoma of the Lacrimal Gland: A Case Report.
Dae Hyun Song, Gyung Hyuck Ko, Seong Wook Seo, Dong Chul Kim
1Department of Pathology, Gyeongsang National University School of Medicine, Jinju, Korea. kdcjes@hanmail.net
2Department of Ophthalmology, Gyeongsang National University School of Medicine, Jinju, Korea.
ABSTRACT
Primary ductal adenocarcinoma of the lacrimal gland is a neoplasm morphologically similar to ductal carcinoma of the salivary gland and breast. The tumor is very rare and has not been previously reported in Korea. We report a primary ductal adenocarcinoma of the lacrimal gland in a 75-year-old man. Computerized tomography showed a 1.5 cm-sized poorly demarcated nodule in the left upper eyelid. Microscopically, the tumor showed features similar to those of intraductal and invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast, including comedonecrosis. Therefore, ductal carcinoma rather than ductal adenocarcinoma appears to be a more appropriate term for these tumors.
Key Words: Ductal carcinoma; Lacrimal apparatus