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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 269-270

Traumatic cataract with iris cyst - A combined approach

Department of Cornea and Refractive Surgeries, Sankara Eye Hospital, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Date of Submission18-May-2021
Date of Acceptance27-Aug-2021
Date of Web Publication07-Jan-2022

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Dr. Monica Budhwani
Department of Cornea and Refractive Surgeries, Sankara Eye Hospital, Guntur - 522 509, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1260_21

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Budhwani M, Potti S. Traumatic cataract with iris cyst - A combined approach. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2022;2:269-70

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Budhwani M, Potti S. Traumatic cataract with iris cyst - A combined approach. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Jan 19];2:269-70. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2022/2/1/269/334863

Epithelial iris cysts can be primary or secondary based on etiology.[1] Deposition of surface epithelial cells on the iris following penetrating injury result in implantation cysts, which are classified as solid pearl lesions, epithelial fluid-filled cysts, and epithelial ingrowth.[2]

A 24-year male presented 5 years ago with redness in the left eye and had history of corneal tear repair 5 years prior. Visual acuity was 6/9, N6 with iris cyst adjacent to pupil and corneal scar nasally. Six months later, the cyst increased in size and was covering the visual axis [Figure A]. UBM showed splitting of iris layers attached to cornea anteriorly and lens capsule posteriorly [Figure B]. Cyst showed internal echolucency. The patient was advised cataract + PKP but was not willing. Three years later, he presented with mature cataract and iris cyst adherent to cornea [Figure C], endothelial cell density of 1148.4/mm2 with 42% hexagonality with poor quality images. The patient was reluctant for keratoplasty; thus, cystectomy + cataract surgery was planned, with the possibility of corneal decompensation and cyst recurrence explained. Phacoemulsification with lens in bag was done, aspiration of the cyst with a 30-G needle (bevel up) attached to a 3-way valve and 2-ml syringe, followed by infusion of absolute alcohol from a separate syringe through the second arm of the valve (repeated twice till cyst wall appeared grey) [Figure D]. Cyst wall peeled with retinal forceps. One-month follow-up best-corrected vision was 6/6, with corneal scar nasally and no cyst recurrence [Figure E]. Endothelial cell count was 2717.4/mm2 with 39% hexagonality.
Figure A: Iris cyst adherent to the cornea with a nasal linear scar

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Figure B: UBM shows nasal iris cyst (arrow) with attachment to cornea and lens capsule

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Figure C: Iris cyst adherent to the cornea with mature cataract

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Figure D: 3-way valve attached to30-G needle and 1-ml syringe with absolute alcohol (red) and 2-ml syringe for aspiration (yellow)

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Figure E: Postoperative picture with nasal corneal scar and IOL in bag

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Surgical management of iris cysts described in the literature involves extensive surgery with excessive surgical excision and devitalization of adjacent tissues.[3] Management with absolute alcohol was described by Behrouzi et al.[4] and modified by Shields et al.[5] This technique is safe and effective and avoids complications of cyst rupture, glaucoma, and complications associated with tissue resection.

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  References Top

Shields JA, Kline MW, Augsburger JJ. Primary iris cysts: A review of the literature and report of 62 cases. Br J Ophthalmol 1984;68:152-66.  Back to cited text no. 1
Hildreth T, Maino J, Hartong T: Primary and secondary iris cysts. J Am Optom Assoc 1991;62:588–92.  Back to cited text no. 2
Philip SS, John DR, Ninan F, John SS. Surgical management of post-traumatic iris cyst. Open Ophthalmol J 2015;9:164-6.  Back to cited text no. 3
Behrouzi Z, Khodadoust A. Epithelial iris cyst treatment with intracystic ethanol irrigation. Ophthalmology 2003;110:1601-5.  Back to cited text no. 4
Shields CL, Arepalli S, Lally EB, Lally SE, Shields JA. Iris stromal cyst management with absolute alcohol-induced sclerosis in 16 patients. JAMA Ophthalmol 2014;132:703-8.  Back to cited text no. 5


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