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Glaucoma With Alkaptonuria as a Result of Pigment Accumulation

Okutucu, Murat MD; Aslan, Mehmet G. MD; Findik, Hüseyin MD; Yavuz, Göksu MD

doi: 10.1097/IJG.0000000000001208
Online Articles: Case Report/Small Case Series

Purpose: To report a case of alkaptonuria (AKU) in a patient with bilateral conjunctival and scleral black colorization who was diagnosed with glaucoma thereafter.

Methods: This is a single case report.

Results: A 67-year-old male patient with bilateral black colorization of conjunctiva and sclera was referred to our hospital. In the biomicroscopic examination, globular dark pigmentation was observed in the conjunctiva, sclera, and limbal cornea. The patient was diagnosed with a nuclear cataract in both eyes. He also had gray skin pigmentation at his nose and paranasal area. Corneal topography examination revealed irregular astigmatism. Intraocular pressure values were 29 and 31 mm Hg, in the right and left eye, respectively, with Goldmann applanation tonometry. The diagnosis of AKU was made after pathologic assessment of conjunctival biopsy by the internal medicine department.

Conclusions: AKU is characterized by the accumulation of homogentisic acid in the connective tissues of many organs including the eye. Patients should be carefully examined in ophthalmology clinics in order to not miss systemic diagnoses. It should be kept in mind that AKU may cause iridocorneal angle pigmentation, which leads to glaucoma, and patients should be treated with proper medication when presenting with elevated intraocular pressure values.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Üniversitesi Zihni Derin Yerleşkesi, Fener Mahallesi, Merkez, Rize, Turkey

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Murat Okutucu, MD, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Üniversitesi Zihni Derin Yerleşkesi, Fener Mahallesi, Merkez, Rize 53100, Turkey (e-mail:

Received September 9, 2018

Accepted January 21, 2019

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