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Ophthalmic Surg Lasers. 1996 Oct;27(10):839-43.

Vitreous opacities in phacolytic glaucoma.

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Schell Eye Hospital, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:

To report five cases of vitreous opacification in phacolytic glaucoma (PG).

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

The records of patients with PG were retrospectively reviewed. A total of 135 eyes with PG were studied to determine the presence of vitreous opacification.

RESULTS:

Five eyes with PG demonstrated opacification of the vitreous, which was first noted at surgery and confirmed postoperatively. All patients had had symptoms of PG for 7 days or more (mean +/- SD, 10.6 +/- 2.4 days) before they sought medical attention. Three eyes had a hypopyon on preoperative examination; two of these eyes showed refractile crystals in the anterior chamber. The opacities resolved spontaneously in all five eyes over a period of 12 weeks and interfered with visual activity only in the immediate postoperative period.

CONCLUSION:

Vitreous opacification in PG is a self-limited process that may not require surgical intervention unless more rapid visual rehabilitation is desired. The vitreous opacification probably results from an exaggeration of the process causing the anterior chamber reaction.

PMID:
8895204
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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