A case of secondary ghost cell glaucoma with pseudohypopyon after cataract extraction (Journal article)

Psilas, K./ Papadimitriou, C. S.


A 75 year woman with chronic vitreous hemorrhage underwent extraction of a senile cataract. Surgery was complicated by the flow of brown fluid from the vitreous to the anterior chamber, which was not entirely removed. Post-operatively there was pain, 2 mm of brown hypopyon and intraocular pressure elevation to 60 mm Hg with the preoperative diagnosis of endophthalmitis, a pars plana vitreous tap and instillation of intravitreal antibiotics was performed. Bacterial cultures were negative and the presence of erythrocyte "ghost cells" established the diagnosis of hemolytic glaucoma. As medical management proved ineffective, a pars plana vitrectomy was performed. One year post-operatively the patient had a visual acuity of 0.4-0.5, normal intraocular pressure without medication and evidence of an old branch retinal vein occlusion. The mechanism of hemolytic "ghost-cell" glaucoma in this case is discussed.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Υγείας. Τμήμα Ιατρικής
Keywords: Aged,Anterior Chamber,Cataract Extraction/*adverse effects,Diagnosis, Differential,Erythrocyte Membrane,Female,Glaucoma/diagnosis/etiology,Humans,Hyphema/diagnosis,Suppuration/diagnosis,Vitrectomy
URI: http://olympias.lib.uoi.gr/jspui/handle/123456789/24389
ISSN: 0181-5512
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6470416
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