Case series of stickler syndrome presenting with acute angle closure

Alexander Walters, Nathan Lambert, Seth Bricel, Thomas Hwang, Eliesa Ing, Shandiz Tehrani

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Purpose:Stickler syndrome is associated with open-angle glaucoma, but no reports exist of adults presenting with acute angle closure. Here, we report the clinical associations and short-term outcomes in 2 patients with Stickler syndrome who presented with acute angle closure at a single tertiary referral center.Observations:A 36-year-old female with Stickler syndrome presented with acute onset of red and painful left eye with cloudy vision. Initial intraocular pressure (IOP) was measured to be 54 mm Hg. Gonioscopy revealed no angle structures or peripheral anterior synechiae in the left eye. Two laser peripheral iridotomies were created 5 days apart without adequate IOP lowering. Left eye cataract extraction with intraocular lens implantation and Ahmed glaucoma drainage device implantation were performed with resolution of ocular hypertension.A 35-year-old male with Stickler syndrome presented with intermittent right eye pain and blurry vision. IOP was 42 mm Hg and gonioscopy revealed 270 degrees of angle closure in the right eye. The patient underwent laser peripheral iridotomy in the right eye with resolution of ocular hypertension by the next day.Conclusions:Recognizing angle closure as a potential feature of Stickler syndrome can help providers adequately screen and manage patients with Stickler syndrome presenting with acutely elevated IOP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)992-994
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Glaucoma
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020


  • Stickler syndrome
  • acute angle closure
  • angle dysgenesis
  • collagen type 11
  • collagen type 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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