Corticosteroid-induced glaucoma attributable to an adrenocorticotropin- secreting malignant carcinoid tumor of the thymus

Eytan Z. Blumenthal*, Mordechai Muszkat, Jacob Pe'Er, Uriel Ticho

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To describe the clinical and histopathologic findings in a patient with corticosteroid-induced open-angle glaucoma attributable to an adrenocorticotropin-secreting malignant carcinoid of the thymus. METHODS: Case report. In a 33-year-old man, the clinical course, laboratory findings, and imaging results as well as the histopathologic findings are described. RESULTS: Increased intraocular pressure in this patient represented a manifestation of severe hypercortisolism attributable to a malignant adrenocorticotropin-secreting carcinoid tumor. Surgical removal resulted in return of the intraocular pressure values to normal levels. CONCLUSION: Thymic carcinoid is a rare cause of Cushing syndrome, which can lead to increased intraocular pressure.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)100-101
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume128
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1999
Externally publishedYes

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