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Why would a lacrimal gland stay swollen?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: Like other glands, lacrimal glands are subject to blockage, inlammation and infection. Usually they resolve on their own. If they're not better in a few days, see your doctor.
Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Dacryoadenitis: Usually it's an inflammation of the lacrimal gland however other causes can cause enlargement of a lacrimal gland. Non caseating granulomas in sarcoidosis , benign tumors such as pleomorphic adnenomas, or malignancies like lymphoma or adenoid cystic carcinoma can cause enlarged lacrimal glands. If your lacrimal gland is swollen and doesn't resolve on conservative treatment it needs biopsy

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