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What is a cyst of the lacrimal apparatus ?

I had an MRI because my doctor wanted to make sure I didn t have any brian anurisims because my mother had one and they did and MRI and we found that I have a cyst like thing. We did an orbital MRI and found it to be 6mm x 4mm x 4mm on the inner corner behind my left eye. What causes these and what can I expect to happen moving forward? I have been trying to find information on the web and it seems like this is very uncommon and I can t find much on it. Every little thing I find just says very rare.
Asked On : Tue, 15 Feb 2011
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hello shelly,
cyst means a sac filled with fluid.
and from what you have stated you seem to have a cyst n your lacrimal gland.
it is not very rare and it is a benign condition of the lacrimal gland.
you need to make sure you dont let it get infected and maintain good hygiene.
it is advisable to visit an ophthalmologist and consult if you develop pain or redness in the region.
you can also get it removed for cosmetic reasons.
please donot worry as it is mostly benign.
i hope i have answered your question
take care and wish you good health
Answered: Fri, 12 Aug 2011
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