A biopsy is usually necessary for diagnosis and management of an orbital tumor.

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Orbital Tumors

There are a wide variety of growths, benign or malignant, that can affect the eye socket and bones around the eyes, leading to blurry vision, double vision, a bulging eye, or discomfort or pain. It is often necessary to obtain a biopsy or complete removal in order to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and best management decisions. Sometimes it is possible to observe an orbital tumor with CT and/or MRI if it is a lesion that is not visually threatening nor concerning for malignancy. Blood vessel tumors, or complex or extensive tumors may need to be treated at an academic center if felt to require multiple subspecialty surgeons. Some tumors, such as lymphomas, typically respond better to radiation than to surgery.