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Are There Any Natural Remedies for a Mysterious Growth Behind My Eye?

Monday, 14 Jun 2010 03:56 PM

Question: Two different MRIs have revealed a small 2 by 1.4 by 1.4 centimeter mass behind my left eye — between the back of the eyeball and the brain area. We are awaiting further tests to confirm if it is growing or stationary. Are there any alternative remedies that will help me avoid surgery by reducing or eliminating my tumor?
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
Tumors between the eyeball and the brain are very rare. The eyeball sits immediately adjacent to the brain with a very thin line of bone separating it from the brain.
Tissues in the location you describe are subject to infection as well as tumor growth. Hopefully this is cystic (fluid filled), and can be drained to reduce its size, then removed successfully by surgery.
This is in a very sensitive area, and any enlargement will pose more problems due to its close proximity to your optic nerve. I would not delay procedures to remove it while waiting to see if it will grow larger.
It is already very large for this location and has been present for an extended period to have grown to this size without your awareness. Complete your investigation quickly and do not delay treatment while seeking out alternative cures. You will probably need a collaborative effort from a neurosurgeon, neuro-opthamologist, and ENT surgeon. Alternative medicines have no role in this treatment.

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