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Why would a lacrimal gland stay swollen?

Why would a lacrimal gland stay swollen?

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 ...Read more

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What causes the lacrimal glands to secrete tears when we experience physical or mental pain?

What causes the lacrimal glands to secrete tears when we experience physical or mental pain?

Tears: This is a normal physiological process and is based on connections in the brain and the pain and emotion areas of the brain. Tears is only one of the responses that appear. ...Read more

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Hi sir,crp test 0.654mg/dl.swealing lacrimal gland inside orbital area. iis that normal.should be (0-0.500mg/dl) some says(0-0.8mg/dl) confuseee?

Hi sir,crp test 0.654mg/dl.swealing lacrimal gland inside orbital area. iis that normal.should be (0-0.500mg/dl) some says(0-0.8mg/dl) confuseee?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, CRP is not diagnostic of any disease. It is a measure of the presence of inflammation. Even by conservative standards, your CRP level is not a cause for concern. You do need to see an eye doctor of the proper care. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged lacrimal gland in one eye, also it gets watery.

I have an enlarged lacrimal gland in one eye, also it gets watery.

Typically: enlargement of the lacrimal gland would be associated with infection, either bacterial or viral. Most often there would also be pain. Some systemic (body-wide) diseases can cause this as well: sarcoidosis, TB, leukemia. Or a tumor, either benign or malignant. A careful history (story), careful ocular examination by an eye specialist, and an orbital CT scan are needed. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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I have pain on my lacrimal glands and tear ducts but no signs of swelling and no excessive tearing. I also have a horrible pain in my eye crease. ?

I have pain on my lacrimal glands and tear ducts but no signs of swelling and no excessive tearing. I also have a horrible pain in my eye crease. ?

See a Doctor: It is a little hard to know exactly where you pain is from the description. However, significant (horrible) eye pain should be evaluated by a Physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Could frequent use of sno-tears eyedrop, weaken eye lacrimal glands to act properly?

Could frequent use of sno-tears eyedrop, weaken eye lacrimal glands to act properly?

No effect: Tears supplement the natural tears and relieve symptoms related to this. They have no effect on tear production and will not change the physiological pattern for which tear supplementation is needed. So continue to use tears as needed. ...Read more

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A soft lump appeared on my eyelid a few days ago. I have no pain. And I believe it is on my lacrimal gland. It is my normal skin tone. Any ideas?

A soft lump appeared on my eyelid a few days ago. I have no pain. And I believe it is on my lacrimal gland. It is my normal skin tone. Any ideas?

Chalazion: This is a chalazion, more commonly known as a stye. It is a fluid filled pouch. My best remedy is warm tea bag compresses, the phytanic acid in the tea will draw out the fluid. Try the soaks 30 minutes 4 times daily. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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How does Tricyclic Antidepressant cause dry eyes? Does it cause melbomian gland or lacrimal gland to malfunction?

How does Tricyclic Antidepressant cause dry eyes? Does it cause melbomian gland or lacrimal gland to malfunction?

No: The lacrimal & salivary glands are innervated & stimulated to secrete by cholinergic neurons, ie they use the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh). In medicalese we say that TCAs reversibly combine with & competitively inhibit the postsynaptic muscarinic ACh receptor. Simply put, they block the effect of ACh on the glands. Dry eyes & mouth are called "anticholinergic side effects." ...Read more

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Lateral canthus on left eye inflamed w/white speckles. Area consistent with lacrimal gland seems inflamed too. No firm surface, just bulging. Cancer?

Lateral canthus on left eye inflamed w/white speckles. Area consistent with lacrimal gland seems inflamed too. No firm surface, just bulging. Cancer?

Not Likely: Probably Meibomian glands, not Lacrimal. This is located up away from ther lid margin, under the upper lid. Sounds like clogged meibomian glans. Try warm compresses and massage to open the glands ...Read more