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Unusual Lacrimal Gland Tumor Epidemiology Explained

Michel J. Belliveau, MD, FRCSC1
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1Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015;141(10):946. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2015.2042.
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To the Editor Mallen-St Clair and colleagues1 provided a wealth of data in their recent article on the epidemiology and treatment of lacrimal gland tumors. The authors have unfortunately overlooked a flaw in the methods that significantly limits the utility of the data. In the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) database, tumors of both the lacrimal gland and lacrimal sac are coded C69.5.

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October 1, 2015
Jon Mallen-St Clair, MD, PhD; Armin Arshi, BS; Maie St John, MD, PhD
1Department of Head and Neck Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California–Los Angeles, Los Angeles
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015;141(10):946-947. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2015.2045.
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