Dacryoadenitis is an inflammation of the tear-producing gland (lacrimal gland).
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Acute dacryoadenitis is most commonly due to viral or bacterial infection. Common causes include
Chronic dacryoadenitis is usually due to noninfectious inflammatory disorders. Examples include
- Swelling of the outer portion of the upper lid, with possible redness and tenderness
- Pain in the area of swelling
- Excess tearing or discharge
- Swelling of lymph nodes in front of the ear
Signs and tests
Dacryoadenitis can be diagnosed by examination of the eyes and lids. Special tests such as a
If the cause of dacryoadenitis is a viral condition such as mumps, simple rest and warm compresses may be all that is needed. For other causes, the treatment is specific to the causative disease.
Most patients will fully recover from dacryoadenitis. For conditions with more serious causes, such as sarcoidosis, the prognosis is that of the underlying condition.
Swelling may be severe enough to put pressure on the eye and distort vision. Some patients first thought to have dacryoadenitis may turn out to have a malignancy of the lacrimal gland.
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if swelling or pain increase despite treatment.
Mumps can be prevented by immunization. Infection with gonococcus, the bacteria causing gonorrhea, can be avoided by the use of safe sex practices. Most other causes cannot be prevented.