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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 97-99 Table of Contents     

Late occurrence of lens particle glaucoma due to an occult glass intralenticular foreign body

Department of Ophthalmology, Mohammed A. Rahman Al-Bahar Eye Centre, Ibn Sina Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kuwait

Date of Web Publication17-Jul-2009

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Margaret A Reddy
Department of Ophthalmology, Al-Bahar Eye Centre, Ibn Sina Hospital
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.53870

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We report a case of traumatic mature cataract with a late occurrence of lens particle glaucoma after 11 years of trauma due to a presence of an occult intralenticular glass foreign body which was detected accidentally during the cataract surgery.

Keywords: Intralenticular Foreign Body, Lens Particle Glaucoma, Mature Cataract

How to cite this article:
Hassan NA, Reddy MA, Reddy SS. Late occurrence of lens particle glaucoma due to an occult glass intralenticular foreign body. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol 2009;16:97-9

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Hassan NA, Reddy MA, Reddy SS. Late occurrence of lens particle glaucoma due to an occult glass intralenticular foreign body. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2009 [cited 2021 Oct 28];16:97-9. Available from: http://www.meajo.org/text.asp?2009/16/2/97/53870

   Introduction Top

In cases of traumatic cataract caused by projectile objects, most patients present with a definite history of ocular trauma. However, asymptomatic penetrating ocular injuries do occur; these may be ignored or under-appreciated and eventually forgotten. [1] Lens injury is a major complication of trauma and is seen in 30% to 65% of cases. [2] Disruption of lens capsule by penetrating foreign body or surgery, liberates lens material, which can obstruct trabecular meshwork. In rare cases, the lens material can be released long after surgery or trauma. [3] A case of mature cataract with an occult intralenticular foreign body causing delayed onset of lens particle glaucoma is reported.

   Case Report Top

A 22-year-old man presented to our hospital with complaints of acute pain and redness in the right eye with headache centered over the right side of the head of 2 days' duration. He gave history of trauma inflicted 11 years ago with corneal repair done at that time. No documented evidence of the trauma or surgery performed was available.

On examination the best corrected visual acuity was accurate perception and projection of light in the right eye and 20/20 in the left eye. The right eye showed conjunctival injection. The cornea was hazy with moderate micro-cystic edema and stromal edema. A corneal scar was seen at 9-o'clock position [Figure 1]. The anterior chamber was deep with flare+2, cells+2 and circulating fluffy white lens debris. The white flocculent flaky material was deposited on the iris and the anterior capsule. The lens was densely opaque with wrinkling of the anterior capsule.

The pupil was semi-dilated, fixed with peripheral anterior synechiae of 1 clock hour at 9-o'clock position [Figure 2]. There was no evidence of tears in the iris. No keratic precipitates were seen. The intraocular pressure by applanation tonometry was 66 mm in the right eye and 14 mm in the left eye. The fundus could not be viewed due to lens opacification. Left eye fundus was normal with a healthy disc of cup-disc ratio 0.2. Results of B-scan ultrasonography were normal. Gonioscopy examination showed open angle grade IV with 360 deposition of white flaky material in the anterior chamber angle [Figure 3]. There were no signs of angle recession. Left eye also revealed normal grade IV open angle.

Following pupillary dilatation, slit-lamp examination of the anterior segment showed wrinkling of the anterior capsule. The status of the posterior capsule appeared intact. There was no iridodonesis or phacodonesis. In view of these findings, a diagnosis of right eye lens particle glaucoma was made.

After the IOP was moderately reduced by medical therapy with anti-glaucoma medications and 1% prednisolone acetate eye drops four times daily to control the intraocular inflammation, the patient was posted for cataract extraction with an IOL implantation after 5 days of initial presentation to our hospital. The patient was posted for phacoemulsification with implantation of IOL after the eye was quietened and pressure moderately reduced. During the surgical procedure, presence of intralenticular glass foreign body, which was 3-4 mm in size, was accidentally detected, along with the presence of posterior capsular fibrosis. The foreign body was just adjacent to the posterior capsule and slipped into the posterior segment with an extension of posterior capsular tear and vitreous prolapse while attempting removal. At this stage, a vitreo-retinal surgeon peformed a pars plana vitrectomy with removal of the foreign body and perfomed endolaser around an iatrogenic retinal tear, with injection of C3F8 gas. Due to inadequate posterior capsular support and zonular dehiscence, a scleral-fixated IOL was implanted [Figure 4]. Postoperatively, the patient was prescribed 1% prednisolone acetate eye drops in tapering doses and timolol 0.5% drops twice daily. The intraocular pressure (IOP) was 20 mm in the right eye and 14 mm in the left eye. On fundus examination, the right eye showed intact retina with a cup-disc ratio of 0.5. At 3 month follow-up, the best corrected visual acuity in the operated eye was 20/20 with an IOP of 16 mm on timolol 0.5% twice daily. Aqueous humor was collected for cytologic examination before the surgery. Cytologic examination of the aqueous revealed a proteinaceous background without macrophages.

   Discussion Top

Intralenticular foreign bodies account for approximately 10% of all intraocular foreign bodies. Clinicians should consider the possibility of an asymptomatic intraocular foreign body even if the patients have no definite history of ocular trauma. Intralenticular foreign bodies, even metallic ones, may remain inert for a long period of time. [4]

When the lens is injured, capsular integrity may be violated and may result in a visually significant cataract. In most cases, the lens becomes sufficiently opaque to require cataract extraction for visual rehabilitation. [5] In addition, the escape of lenticular proteins and particles may result in glaucoma and severe intraocular inflammation. In this patient, there might have been a capsular injury with retention of the inert intralenticular foreign body that was likely sealed within the lens cortex. The findings in our case suggested that the patients had injury to both the anterior and posterior capsule. This patient had wrinkling of anterior capsule and a mature cataract, which suggested that anterior capsular trauma had occurred along with gradual development of a traumatic cataract and subsequent protein leakage resulting in lens particle glaucoma. Previous studies have revealed that anterior capsular trauma should be suspected when signs such as pitting of the anterior lenticular surface, surface irregularity or localized lenticular opacity, are present [6] . Coexistent localized posterior capsule tears were evident after lens aspirations in cases with intralenticular foreign bodies as noted in our case. [7] Previous reports have suggested that posterior capsule breaks develop thick fibrous opaque margins approximately 6 weeks after trauma [6] This report highlights the feature that even when the anterior capsule is intact, the possibility of an intraocular foreign body should not be excluded because the capsule may restore its continuity by subcapsular epithelial proliferation. [8]

The accurate detection and localization of intraocular foreign bodies is a critical component in the preoperative ophthalmologic assessment and surgical planning. To avoid such surprises as reported in this case, apart from performing an ultrasound, a CT scan is recommended. A helical CT scan is a more sensitive imaging technique for the detection of glass intraocular foreign bodies when compared with axial CT, MR imaging and sonography. [9] A CT scan is the standard diagnostic test because it detects most intraocular foreign bodies and is safe in the presence of metallic foreign bodies. [10] It is imperative to maintain a high index of suspicion in such cases to avoid misdiagnosis. In lens particle glaucoma, the lens protein can cause obstruction to aqueous outflow like that experienced in phacolytic glaucoma, although free particulate lens material is the major component. [11] The cellular reaction to these lens particles may also contribute to glaucoma; however, these lens particles themselves can mechanically impair trabecular drainage. [12] The cytologic report in this patient showed proteineaceous material without macrophages. Lens particle glaucoma resembles phacolytic glaucoma except that there is a history of trauma or surgery that releases lens proteins into the anterior chamber resulting in the obstruction of trabecular meshwork, thereby causing increase in the intraocular pressure. Generally the glaucoma has its onset a few days after the precipitating event. In rare cases, the lens material can be released long after surgery or trauma as noted in our patients. [13]

   References Top

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2.Kazokoglu H, Saatci O. Intraocular foreign bodies: Result of 27 cases. Ann Ophthalmol 1990;22:373-6.  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Jain Sunil S, RaoP, Nayak P Kothari K. Posterior capsular dehiscence following blunt injury causing delayed onset lens particle glaucoma. Indian J Ophthalmol 2004;52:325-7.  Back to cited text no. 3  [PUBMED]  Medknow Journal
4.O' Duffy D, Salman JF. Siderosis bulbi resulting from an intralenticular foreign body. Am JOphthalmol 1999;127:218-9.  Back to cited text no. 4    
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6.Vajipayee RB, Angra SK, Honavar SJ, Tityal JS, Sharma YR, Sakhiya N. Pre-existing posterior capsule breaks from perforating ocular injuries. J Cataract refract surg 1994;20:291-4.  Back to cited text no. 6    
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8.Dhawahir-Scala FE, Kamal A. Intralenticular foreign body: A D -Day reminder [letter].Clin Exp Ophthalmol 2005;33:659-60.  Back to cited text no. 8    
9.Devang MG, Claudia FK, Jeffrey L, Roger T, Stanley VH. Radiologic Differentiation of Intraocular Glass. Evaluation of Imaging Techniques, Glass types, Size and effect of Intraocular haemorrhage. AJR2001;177:1199-203.  Back to cited text no. 9    
10.Fulcher TP, Mcnabb AA, SullivanTJ. Clinical features and Management of Intraorbital foreign bodies.Ophthalmology2002;109:494-500.  Back to cited text no. 10    
11.Ritcher CU. Lens induced open angle glaucoma. In: Ritch R, editor. The Glaucoma. 2 nd ed. Baltimore: Mosby; 1996. p. 1023-53.  Back to cited text no. 11    
12.Epstien DL, Jednaik JA, Grant WM. Identification of heavy molecular weight soluble proteins in aqueous humor in human phacolytic glaucoma. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1978;17:398-402.  Back to cited text no. 12    
13.Becker-Shaffer's. Diagnosis and Therapy of the Glaucomas. 6 th ed. 1989. p. 318.  Back to cited text no. 13    


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