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Recurrent Bilateral Orbital Infiltration as Primary Manifestation of Rosai Dorfman Disease

Pustina B1*, Salihu N1, Rroji A2, Kaloshi G2 and Petrela M2

1Department of Ophthalmology, University Clinical Center of Kosovo, Prishtina, Kosovo, Albania

2Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Center "Mother Theresa", Tirana, Albania

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Belinda Pustina
Department of Ophthalmology
University Clinical Center of Kosovo
Prishtina, Kosovo, Albania
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Received Date: July 09, 2017; Accepted Date: July 19, 2017; Published Date: July 24, 2017

Citation: Pustina B, Salihu N, Rroji A, Kaloshi G, Petrela M (2017) Recurrent Bilateral Orbital Infiltration as Primary Manifestation of Rosai Dorfman Disease. J Mol Genet Med 11:276 doi: 10.4172/1747-0862.1000276

Copyright: © 2017 Pustina B, et al . This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited

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Rosai Dorfman disease also known as histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy is a very rare idiopathic disease. It is characterized by over production and accumulation of non-Langerhans sinus histiocyte most often in lymph nodes, but may occur in other areas leading to organ damage. Based on the research it can be caused by an infectious agent, immunodeficiency or autoimmunity and genetic causes. Extranodal manifestation is uncommon; however extranodal sites include liver, kidney, respiratory organs, orbit and eyeball. We present a case report of a 44-year-old female with recurrent bilateral orbital infiltration as first location of Rosai Dorfman disease.


Extranodal rosai dorfman; Genetic; Immunodeficiency; Histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy; Orbit; Kidney


Rosai Dorfman disease is an uncommon histiocytic disorder first described by Rosai and Dorfman in 1969 as sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy [1]. The disease is usually chronic with spontaneous remission and is refractory to treatment [2]. Rosai-Dorfman does not usually threaten life or organ function. It is believed that 5% to 10% of patients have progressive disease that may damage tissue. However, for most patients, the disease is self-limited, and the outcome is good. Diagnosis of Rosai Dorfman disease is by histopathologic tests and special tests result show histiocytes positive staining for CD68 and S-100 in Rosai Dorfman disease. CD1A is negative. Langerhans cell histiocytosis, Reticulohistiocytoma and Juvenile xanthogranuloma are listed in differential diagnosis [3,4]. Based on the literature there are no large studies performed and many of the patients do not require treatment.

Differential diagnosis of Rosai-Dorfman disease

There are other diseases that can be manifested with histiocytosis and should not be misdiagnose with Rosai Dorfman disease. Juvenile xanthogranuloma, reticulohistiocytoma and langerhans cell histiocytosis are some of them [1]. In Rosai Dorfman disease CD68 and S100 are positive, and CD1A is negative. In order to set proper diagnosis, we have to exclude these immunohistochemical studies in other diseases. Characteristic "ground cell" cytoplasm are seen in reticulohistiocytoma and "touton" giant cells with lipidisation of hystiocytes in juvenile xanthogranuloma. These other diseases should not display emperipolesis [4]. Rosai Dorfman disease in kidneys is very rare and as differential diagnosis we should exclude malignant fibrous hystocitomas, leukemia, lymphoma, tuberculosis or renal carcinoma [5,6].

Case Report

A 45-year-old female was referred to our clinic with signs of pansinusitis, pain in the right orbit and diplopic vision when she turned the eyes to the right position. In the CT of the head orbital lesion was noticed (Figure 1). After the surgery was performed a capsulated non-hemorrhagic lesion with hard consistence was removed. Surgery resolved above symptoms and no complication was observed. After 4 months regression of the clinical signs with pain appeared in the left eye. She also had proptosis and blurred vision. MRI findings showed lesion in left orbit and left cavernous sinusitis, also frontal lesion. It was suspected for lymphoma in differential diagnosis. Laboratory examinations revealed: RBC 3.65 × 106/mm3 HGB 10.6 g/dL, HCT 34.5. The second surgery was performed in left orbit (Figure 2). Capsulated, hard mass was removed. Second biopsy was done and in the conclusion, it resulted with non-specific granular inflammation.Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was positive for CD 68+, S 100+, CD 38+ in plasmatic cells, CD 45, CD 5, CD 3 stained mature lymphocytes and negative for HMB 45-.


Figure 1: CT scan showing an isodense lesion at lateral part of right orbit.


Figure 2: CT scan after the left orbital tumor removed.


The diagnosis was extranodular Rosai Dorfman Disease. After two years proptosis in both eyes was noticed with the recurrence of the disease in both orbits. Total removal of the tumor was done by surgery in both orbits. This time patient had symptoms of pain in kidney and laboratory examination revealed high urea [Urea=52.2 g/24 hours]. Immediately the kidney CT was performed and it resulted with infiltrative renal mass in the left kidney (Figure 3). She was treated with corticosteroids and oral methotrexate. The follow up CT resulted negative for recurrence and total disappearing of the lesion from the orbits and head (Figure 4).


Figure 3: Extra-orbital lesion in left kidney.


Figure 4: Orbits after surgery and medical treatment.


Extranodal orbital Rosai Dorfman disease is a very rare condition. Furthermore, bilateral orbital infiltration as first sign of the disease as in our case is even rarer. For that reason, this case should raise the awareness among ophthalmologists and it should be considered in differential diagnosis for orbital tumors.


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