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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 217-220

Lateral orbital approach: Gateway to intraorbital lesions


1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, PMS College of Dental Science and Research, Golden Hills, Vattappara, Venkode P O, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, PMS College of Dental Science and Research, Golden Hills, Vattappara, Venkode P O, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

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L K Surej Kumar
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, PMS College of Dental Science and Research, Golden Hills, Vattappara, Venkode P O, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 028, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-5950.154841

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Several approaches to the intraorbital space have been described in the literature. Selection of a proper approach to intraorbital lesions depends on various factors including the location of the tumor, the size of the lesion, and the probable pathology anticipated. The approach should provide a good exposure of intraorbital anatomical structures, allow their functional preservation, and provide good cosmetic results. Intraconal lesions of the orbit usually necessitate transcranial approaches although some intraconal and laterally situated lesions could be removed effectively via lateral orbitotomy. Lateral orbitotomy is a well-known approach for lesions of the lateral orbital cone. In this case report, the lateral orbital approach has been used for exposure of intraorbital lesion, as it is minimally invasive compared to the transcranial approach.


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