Scientific article

Phacolytic glaucoma: are there 2 forms?

Published inJournal of glaucoma, vol. 21, no. 4, p. 248-249
Publication date2012

We report a case of acute phacolytic glaucoma in which only protein was present in the anterior chamber without macrophages. We propose that this study represents a type of phacolytic glaucoma characterized by a hyperacute presentation caused by rapid leakage of degenerated lens proteins into the aqueous humor as opposed to a second type with a more gradual onset and with phacolytic macrophages in the aqueous humor resulting from an immunologic response to liquefied lens proteins. Thus, 2 forms, perhaps at ends of a spectrum of clinical manifestations of phacolytic glaucoma, may exist with distinct characteristics and pathophysiology.

  • Acute Disease
  • Aged
  • Aqueous Humor/metabolism
  • Crystallins/metabolism
  • Eye Pain/etiology
  • Female
  • Glaucoma/etiology/metabolism
  • Humans
  • Intraocular Pressure
  • Lens Diseases/complications/metabolism
  • Lens, Crystalline/metabolism/pathology
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Trabecular Meshwork/metabolism
  • Visual Acuity/physiology
Citation (ISO format)
MAVRAKANAS, Nikolaos et al. Phacolytic glaucoma: are there 2 forms? In: Journal of glaucoma, vol. 21, n° 4, p. 248–249. doi: 10.1097/IJG.0b013e31820d7d2e
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ISSN of the journal1057-0829

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