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‘Ancient’ schwannoma of the orbit


Correspondence: Dr Brett O’Donnell, North Shore Medical Centre, 66 Pacific Highway, St Leonards, NSW 2065, Australia. Email:


A 65-year-old woman presented with a 3 month history of right eye discomfort and protrusion. Examination revealed right proptosis with hypoglobus and diplopia in extremes of upgaze. Computed tomographic scanning revealed a large extraconal mass in the superotemporal orbit. The mass was excised through an extended superior skin crease incision. Histopathology revealed a benign tumour of Schwann cell origin showing advanced cystic degeneration, the so-called ‘ancient schwannoma’. The authors could find only two previously reported cases of such tumours arising in the orbit.