Endoscopic Approach for Excision of Venous Malformation of the Orbital Apex


Venous malformation is a common tumor of the orbit, presenting with visual impairment and proptosis. These lesions can be excised via an external or transcranial approach, but recent advances in minimally invasive surgery have led to increased popularity of endoscopic approach.


The authors report a 62-year-old female presenting with diplopia and proptosis, found to have a 1.7-cm venous malformation of the orbital apex. An endoscopic trans-nasal approach was undertaken for surgical resection.


The tumor was successfully removed in a single specimen, without injury to the nearby orbital anatomy. The patient experienced resolution of her presenting symptoms 3 weeks after the procedure, with no adverse effects. A review of the literature demonstrates increasing reports of similar successful cases.


A minimally invasive, endoscopic resection of orbital venous malformation is possible and provides a reasonably safe and effective approach. Further large-scale studies are needed to fully explore its outcomes relative to traditional approaches

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Elie E. Rebeiz, MD, FACS, Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111; E-mail: erebeiz@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Received 24 August, 2017

Accepted 20 November, 2017

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2018 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.

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Endoscopic Approach for Excision of Venous Malformation of the Orbital Apex


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