Journal article

Intraocular crystals in HIV-related hypergammaglobulinemia

A Traill, E Zamir, D Russell

OCULAR IMMUNOLOGY AND INFLAMMATION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2006

Abstract

PURPOSE: To describe the occurrence of bilateral iris and retinal crystals in a patient with benign HIV-related gammopathy. DESIGN: Observational case report. METHODS: A 45-year-old HIV-positive male with a known, benign hypergammaglobulinemia was referred for routine ophthalmic assessment because of right ophthalmic zoster. RESULTS: Ophthalmoscopic examination revealed the presence of bilateral, multiple, refractile iris and macular crystals. No other signs of uveitis or stigmata of HIV were found. CONCLUSION: Intraocular crystals are a rare finding, usually seen in chronic uveitis with or without hypergammaglobulinemia. This finding has not been previously described in non-inflamed eyes, n..

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