• canine;
  • congenital;
  • dacryops;
  • lacrimal cyst;
  • lacrimal gland;
  • Neapolitan Mastiff


A case of congenital lacrimal cyst or dacryops of the lacrimal gland in an 8-month-old Neapolitan Mastiff dog is reported. The dog presented with a swelling dorsolateral to the left globe, which had been present since birth. In addition, hyperplasia and prolapse of the superficial gland of the left nictitating membrane, and bilateral macropalpebral fissure and ‘diamond eye’ conformation were apparent. On manual eversion of the upper eyelid, a subconjunctival mass was visible that was translucent and pink and affected the upper conjunctival fornix. B-mode ultrasonography revealed the presence of an echolucent thin-walled cystic structure measuring 15 by 12 mm and containing an echodense border and a distended tubular fluid-filled structure that extended posteriorly. A viscous and transparent fluid was aspirated from the lesion. Surgery was performed to excise the lesion, reposition the nictitans gland, and correct the morphology of the palpebral fissure. Histopathology confirmed the mass to be a cyst and distended duct of the lacrimal gland. Although tear secretion was compromised, resection of the cyst was curative.