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Orbital Tumors

Signs and Symptoms of Orbital Tumors

Cancers of the orbit typically present in one of only a few ways. The symptoms are based on the fact that the orbit is like a closed box. Growths within the box will cause pressure on the eye and muscles of eye. Therefore, symptoms might include:

  • Bulging of eyeball
  • Redness of the eye
  • Change in vision or double vision
  • Closed appearance of the eyelid
  • Sinus pain, pressure and infections
  • Change or loss of sense of smell
  • Bleeding from the nose, particularly if only on one side

When cancers in this area get larger, the symptoms will depend on what nearby structures are involved.

  • A tumor growing out of the nose
  • Change in vision or double vision
  • Numbness in part of the face
  • Growth in the roof of the mouth from cancer growing downwards
  • Brain infection
  • Pain
  • Sinus infection

But don’t jump to any conclusions. You could have one or more of these symptoms but NOT have an orbital tumor. There are several non-cancerous causes of the same symptoms. That’s why you need to see a specialist.

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