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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 217

Asteroid in the anterior chamber

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea, Aravind Eye Hospital, Puducherry, India
2 Vitreo-Retina, Aravind Eye Hospital, Puducherry, India

Date of Submission18-May-2020
Date of Acceptance12-Jun-2020
Date of Web Publication14-Sep-2020

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Dr. Vaibhav Khanna
Aravind Eye Hospital, Puducherry - 605 007
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_58_20

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How to cite this article:
Khanna V, Dani K, Chhabra K. Asteroid in the anterior chamber. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res 2020;58:217

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Khanna V, Dani K, Chhabra K. Asteroid in the anterior chamber. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 20];58:217. Available from: https://www.tnoajosr.com/text.asp?2020/58/3/217/294999

A 61-year-old male presented for routine eye examination; best-corrected visual acuity was 6/6 p, N6 in both eyes. Slit-lamp examination of the right eye revealed the presence of asteroid in the anterior chamber, well-centered posterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL) in the sulcus, nasally crumpled posterior capsular flap and asteroid in the vitreous chamber [Figure 1]. Left eye examination was unremarkable. Past records revealed an eventful right eye cataract surgery 1 month back, for which an automated anterior vitrectomy was done and three-piece rigid IOL was placed in sulcus.
Figure 1: (a) Asteroid in the anterior chamber, (b) nasal posterior capsular rent with asteroid in the posterior segment

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Asteroid in the eye is an uncommon finding (1%–2%);[1],[2] examining physician should be aware of this entity as asteroid in the anterior chamber can mimic an intraocular tumor, metastasis, or endophthalmitis.[3] Careful history taking, past surgery records, and investigations are necessary to rule out each condition mimicking asteroid.

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The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form, the patient has given his consent for his images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patient understands that name and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

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