Clinically unsuspected phacoanaphylaxis after extracapsular cataract extraction with intraocular lens implantation

Mark S. Mcmahon, Jayne S. Weiss, Klaus G. Riedel, Daniel M. Albert

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We describe the histopathological findings of an enucleation specimen from a clinically undiagnosed case of phacoanaphylaxis which occurred after extracapsular cataract extraction with intraocular lens implantation. Phacoanaphylaxis, a granulomatous inflammatory response to liberated lens protein, is potentially curable by prompt removal of residual lens material. This case emphasises that the diagnosis of phacoanaphylactic endophthalmitis should be considered in any case of extracapsular cataract extraction complicated by granulomatous intraocular inflammation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)836-840
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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