Inflammatory Pseudotumor of the Infraorbital Nerve: A Rare Diagnosis to Be Aware of

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Abstract

Inflammatory pseudotumor (IPT) is a rare benign mass-forming disease that can arise anywhere throughout the body, mimicking a wide spectrum of other conditions. Its diagnosis can be challenging, especially when it involves uncommon sites. The authors report a patient of an atypical localization of IPT, occurred as an enlarging bulk in the infraorbital nerve channel in a patient who presented with facial numbness. Clinical and radiological aspects similar to schwannoma led to misdiagnosis and over-treatment. The differential diagnosis of an infraorbital mass should include IPT and the least invasive treatment should be preferred, as steroid therapy being the first-line treatment for IPT.

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