Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 987-

The second time around

Li‐Anne L Lim, Md K Hasanuzzaman, Carol L Shields 
 Department of Ocular Oncology, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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Dr. Carol L Shields
Wills Eye Hospital, 840 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Lim LL, Hasanuzzaman MK, Shields CL. The second time around.Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:987-987

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A 42-year-old Caucasian woman with 2 mm of left eye proptosis for 3 months was referred for a recurrent intraconal mass. She was otherwise healthy with ocular history of LASIK in both eyes (OU). On examination, best-corrected visual acuity was 20/25 OU. Intraocular pressure, extraocular movements, optic nerve function, and dilated fundus examination were normal. Three years prior she had undergone excision of an orbital mass [Figure 1]a, demonstrating spindle cell morphology, consistent with solitary fibrous tumor (SFT). Repeat magnetic resonance imaging of the orbit showed interval recurrence of an irregular hyperintense soft tissue mass on T1-weighted images, extending to the orbital apex and optic nerve [Figure 1]b.{Figure 1}

 What Is Your Next Step?

Corticosteroid injectionChemotherapySurgical re-excisionD. Observation


The primary excision showed a 22 × 18 × 15 mm encapsulated mass [Figure 1]c, composed of spindle cells with mildly pleomorphic and focally overlapping nuclei [Figure 1]d, with five mitotic figures in 10 high-power fields (HPFs). Repeat excision showed frankly malignant features including atypical mitoses [[Figure 1]e, yellow arrow], marked nuclear pleomorphism, focal absence of STAT 6 expression on immunohistochemistry [Figure 1]f, absence of expression black arrow, retained expression white arrow], and positive margins. Residual tumor at the left orbital apex could not be further excised without visual compromise, so external beam radiotherapy of 70 Gy was administered. At 6 years of follow-up, best-corrected visual acuity was counting fingers secondary to cataract and radiation maculopathy. There was no further tumor recurrence.


Malignant Solitary Fibrous Tumor with Foci of De-Differentiation, Recurrence.

 Correct Answer: C


Solitary fibrous tumor is a rare mesenchymal tumor, commonly affecting pleura and less often the orbit.[1] In the orbit, this mass presents with unilateral, slowly progressive proptosis in middle-aged adults, appearing circumscribed on orbital imaging.[1] Strong and diffuse STAT 6 immunoreactivity is highly sensitive for well-differentiated SFT, whereas loss of expression is observed in de-differentiated SFT with malignant potential.[2] Complete excisional biopsy and lifelong observation are advised. Incomplete excision can be associated with recurrence. Histopathologic features of malignancy in SFT include nuclear atypia, greater than four mitoses per 10 HPFs, necrosis, and infiltrative margins.[1],[2],[3] Adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy have not yet been evaluated for efficacy.[3]


The authors acknowledge Dr. Ralph C. Eagle and Dr. Tatyana Milman, Ophthalmic Pathology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, for their pathology contribution.

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