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Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 235956, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/235956
Case Report

Nodular Fasciitis of the Orbit: A Case Report and Brief Review of the Literature

1Ophthalmology Department, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, 1 Freedom Way, Augusta, GA 30904, USA
2Ophthalmology Department, Georgia Health Sciences University, 1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912, USA
3Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Department, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, 1 Freedom Way, Augusta, GA 30904, USA
4Ophthalmology Department, Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Hattiesburg, 415 South 28th Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA

Received 28 July 2011; Accepted 17 August 2011

Academic Editors: A. A. Bialasiewicz and M. Iester

Copyright © 2011 John E. Riffle et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Nodular fasciitis is a benign, reactive, fibroblastic proliferation in which nodules most commonly develop in the subcutaneous or superficial fascia of the extremities. The occurrence of these growths in the orbital region is relatively rare. Our intent is to report another orbital case of this benign fibroproliferative tumor and to provide a brief review of the pertinent medical literature. The salient pathologic features of nodular fasciitis are summarized. The potential for the misdiagnosis of these benign mesenchymal tumors as a malignant sarcomatous neoplasm is discussed. It is important for ophthalmologists to be aware of this pathologic entity and its pseudosarcomatous appearance.