A Rare Case of Bilateral Proptosis
KeywordsPalpebral MALT B-cell lymphoma, hepatitis C infection
A 65-year-old man presented with a 2-year history of severe bilateral proptosis, palpable lymphadenopathy and moderate hepatosplenomegaly. A blood test was positive for hepatitis C infection. CT showed palpebral infiltrative lesions with regional progression through the temporal and masticatory spaces to the pharynx and hypopharynx causing almost complete airway obstruction. A palpebral biopsy was consistent with low-grade Bcl-2+ extra-nodal MALT non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphoma. The patient received six cycles of rituximab-based chemotherapy with clinical remission at 9-month follow-up. Bilateral proptosis is a rare presentation of several diseases. When brain CT excludes cavernous sinus pathology, thyroid ophthalmopathy or haematological malignancy should be considered.
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