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A Case of Glaucoma in Hereditary Spherocytosis

Chen, Haiying, MD*,†; Symons, Robert C.A., MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO*,†,‡; Mayson, Eleni, MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA§; Skalicky, Simon E., MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO*,†,‡,∥

doi: 10.1097/IJG.0000000000001075
Online Articles: Case Report/Small Case Series

Purpose: To report a case of glaucoma and the inherited red cell membranopathy hereditary spherocytosis diagnosed simultaneously in 2 individuals in a family.

Patient: A 66-year-old man with normal pressure glaucoma and hereditary spherocytosis.

Results: This patient presented with a branch retinal vein occlusion, and normal tension glaucoma that was incidentally detected. Further history revealed that the patient’s maternal grandmother also had hereditary spherocytosis and glaucoma.

Conclusions: We hypothesize that glaucoma and hereditary spherocytosis may be associated. Hereditary spherocytosis may be a potential risk factor for glaucoma by causing impaired blood supply to the optic nerve.

*Department of Surgery, The University of Melbourne

The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Eye Surgery Associates, Melbourne, Vic.

§St Vincent’s Hospital

Discipline of Ophthalmology, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Simon E. Skalicky, MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO, Eye Surgery Associates, Level 2, 232 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne Vic. 3002, Australia (e-mail:

Received August 9, 2018

Accepted August 9, 2018

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