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What causes protruding eyes? 9 possible conditions

Eyes that bulge, or protrude out of their normal position, could be a sign of a serious medical condition. Proptosis and exophthalmos are the medical terms used to describe bulging eyes. While some people are born with eyes that protrude... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.



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Burkitt's Lymphoma

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