Untypische Masquerade einer okulären Karzinommetastase

Translated title of the contribution: Unusual masquerade of an ocular carcinoma metastasis

M. I. Wunderlich*, E. J. Nissen, M. Schargus, H. B. Dick, M. Pohl, S. E. Coupland, V. Kakkassery

*Corresponding author for this work
2 Citations (Scopus)


Background: Idiopathic and therapy resistant uveitis especially of unclear origin, is a diagnostic challenge for ophthalmologists. Metastases to the anterior chamber or vitreous body can occasionally mimic the clinical picture of uveitis, a variant on the usual lymphomatous masquerade syndrome. The underlying pathological pathways leading to the metastatic spread of tumor cells within the fluid compartments of the eye remain unclear. Case report: We present an unusual case of vitreous metastases to the right eye of a patient in whom an underlying primary malignancy was unknown. After recurrent episodes of cortisone-refractive panuveitis with pseudohypopyon, a diagnostic vitreous biopsy was performed. Cytopathological examination of the vitreous sample revealed carcinoma cells with an immune profile suggestive of lung cancer metastasis. Subsequent staging investigations revealed a primary lung adenocarcinoma as well as cerebral, adrenal and osseous metastases. Therapy: Due to the extent of dissemination of this non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), only palliative treatment including external beam irradiation and systemic chemotherapy was possible to reduce pain and to maintain vision as well as an attempt at systemic control of the disease.

Translated title of the contributionUnusual masquerade of an ocular carcinoma metastasis
Original languageGerman
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)690-693
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2016

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Luebeck Integrated Oncology Network (LION)


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