Extraocular retinoblastoma: a neglected case had a fatal out
The present case has been reported in BMJ.

A 13-month-old female child was brought with a history of a rapidly enlarging mass in the right eye for 4 months. Her medical history was suggestive of leukocoria in the right eye, noted 6 months ago, for which medical attention was sought elsewhere. At that time, a diagnosis of group E retinoblastoma in the right eye was made. The left eye was normal.

The caretakers were explained about the advanced nature of the disease in the right eye and the need for enucleation surgery. The parents denied surgery despite counselling and opted for neoadjuvant chemotherapy and regular follow-up. However, they did not comply with the treatment and the child presented to our hospital 5 months later with a huge mass involving the right eye and a deteriorating systemic condition.

Local examination showed a large extraocular mass measuring approximately 14×16 cm along its greatest dimensions, with superficial pigmentation and dryness. The child was very irritable and was advised contrast-enhanced MRI of the brain and orbits to note the extent of disease and intracranial extension, if any. However, within 2 days of presentation, the child died, most probably due to extensive systemic and CNS metastasis.

Learning points
• Extraocular retinoblastoma constitutes a significant proportion of cases in low/middle-income countries.

• There is a pressing need for increasing awareness about early diagnosis of retinoblastoma and its consequences if left untreated.

Read more here: http://casereports.bmj.com/content/2017/bcr-2016-218471.full
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