|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 425-426
Unilateral iris nodules with neovascular glaucoma: A window to widespread systemic metastasis of primary breast carcinoma
Vijayalakshmi A Senthilkumar1, Priyanka Raj1, Chitaranjan Mishra2
1 Department of Glaucoma, Aravind Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Retina and Vitreoretinal Surgery, Aravind Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Submission||23-Aug-2020|
|Date of Decision||30-Jun-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||02-Jul-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||21-Dec-2021|
Dr. Vijayalakshmi A Senthilkumar
Department of Glaucoma, Aravind Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, 1.Anna Nagar, Madurai - 625 020, Tamil Nadu
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Senthilkumar VA, Raj P, Mishra C. Unilateral iris nodules with neovascular glaucoma: A window to widespread systemic metastasis of primary breast carcinoma. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res 2021;59:425-6
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Senthilkumar VA, Raj P, Mishra C. Unilateral iris nodules with neovascular glaucoma: A window to widespread systemic metastasis of primary breast carcinoma. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Oct 7];59:425-6. Available from: https://www.tnoajosr.com/text.asp?2021/59/4/425/333155
We report a rare presentation of systemic metastasis of a primary breast carcinoma masquerading as unilateral anterior uveitis with neovascular glaucoma (NVG). Metastasis to the iris is uncommon; however once detected, it is associated with a median time to survival of 10 months only. Hence, diagnosing it at an early stage would enable us to prolong the life expectancy in such individuals.
A 33-year-old female presented with defective vision and redness in the right eye (RE), for 4 months. Best-corrected-visual-acuity and intraocular pressure (IOP) in the RE were 20/200 and 60 mmHg, respectively. Detailed examination revealed circumcorneal congestion, multiple tan-colored iris stromal lesions, cells 2+ (standardization of uveitis nomenclature group grading system), and 360° active iris neovascularization [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b. Fundus examination RE revealed a cup-disc-ratio of 0.8. Fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA) RE revealed patchy hyperfluorescence in the posterior pole and in the periphery, and optical coherence tomography revealed that macula was normal [Figure 2]a and [Figure 2]b. Other eye findings (LE) were unremarkable [Figure 2]c and [Figure 2]d. Our patient underwent detailed systemic evaluation such as computed tomography (CT) of the chest, Ultrasonogram (USG) of the abdomen, and microbiological examination for HIV and tuberculosis, and Treponema pallidum hemagglutination assay. However, CT imaging demonstrated widespread metastasis involving sternum, vertebra, liver, lung, and pleura [Figure 3]a, [Figure 3]b, [Figure 3]c, [Figure 3]d. On further probing, she gave a history of left-sided breast carcinoma for which radical mastectomy was performed 3 years ago. A clinical diagnosis of iris metastasis with NVG, anterior uveitis, and presumed choroidal metastasis secondary to breast carcinoma with widespread systemic metastasis was made. In the FFA, we noticed patchy irregular hyperfluorescence anterior to the vascular arcade and along the equator, which we presumed to be choroidal metastasis.
|Figure 1: (a) Slit-lamp photograph of the right eye showing circumcorneal congestion, multiple tan-colored small elevated lesions on iris surface with irregular margins (white arrowheads) suggestive of iris metastasis, nonreacting 7 mm mid dilated pupil and cataractous lens and neovascularization of iris (black arrowhead). (b) Magnified view of iris nodules|
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|Figure 2: (a) Fundus fluorescein angiography of the right eye revealed patchy irregular hyperfluorescence anterior to the vascular arcade and along the equator. (b) Normal optical coherence tomography of the right eye. (c and d) Fundus fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography of the left eye were unremarkable except for central serous chorioretinopathy|
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|Figure 3: (Multislice spiral computed tomography volume scan of the chest): (a) Pleural effusion in the right lung (b) Destructive lesions noted in the vertebral column (C6 and L2 levels) and sternum (arrow marks). (c) Multiple secondaries in both lungs' parenchyma. (d) Nodule in the anterior chest wall in the left side over the area of mastectomy (white arrow)|
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The Patient was started on maximal ocular hypotensive medications along with topical steroids (prednisolone acetate 1%) and cycloplegics (atropine 1%). She was referred to an oncologist for systemic chemotherapy and the patient underwent partial diode laser cyclophotocoagulation for controlling IOP followed by palliative therapy with intravitreal bevacizumab 1.25 mg/cc for regression of new vessels.
Metastasis to the anterior uvea is very rare compared with choroidal metastasis. Breast cancer (68%) is the most common cause of iris metastasis, followed by lung cancer (40%) and cutaneous melanoma. Current treatments for iris metastasis include systemic chemotherapy, iridectomy, focal plaque radiotherapy, external beam radiation or enucleation, and intravitreal bevacizumab injection.,,
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We would like to thank Mr. Rajkumar, Photographer, Aravind Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Madurai, India.
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