Read in the Section of Ophthalmology, Otology and Laryngology of American Medical Association, May, 1884.
Neoplasms of the lachrymal gland are of very rare occurrence, and great care is necessary in the examination of the same to be certain of the origin of the morbid growth. But whether it originates in the gland proper, or begins its existence in the neighboring tissues and passes into the gland by the natural process of contact and extension, can only be determined after the extirpation and by microscopical examination The character of the tumor can only be ascertained by the same manner of examination.
The following two cases illustrate the two processes of origin as above mentioned, i. e., that in the gland proper, and that external and affecting the gland secondarily.
The first case, Lydia Mayberry, aet., 55, came to me in May, 1877, with a lump, as she called it, growing