Solitary Free-Floating Iris Cyst Associated With Bilateral Pigment Dispersion Syndrome: Report of a Case

Carlo Bruttini, Andrea Vulpetti, Ivano Riva, Andreas Katsanos, Francesco Oddone, Luciano Quaranta

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CASE REPORT: A 27-year-old white man with a 5-year history of pigment dispersion syndrome presented for evaluation. His past ocular history was significant for bilateral intraocular pressure elevation that had required intraocular pressure -lowering medication (beta-blocker-prostaglandin analogue fixed combination). On ophthalmic examination, the visual acuity was 20/20 without correction in both eyes. Anterior chamber slit-lamp examination revealed a pigmented round mass with modest transillumination at 6-o'clock position of the right eye. When asked, the patient reported that he had first noticed a shadow in his right eye during childhood when he was flexing his neck and keeping a face-down position for a few seconds. During a head-flexing test, the mass freely floated in the anterior chamber. When the patient extended the neck, the round mass could be seen in front of the pupil. After a few moments, the mass would slowly fall to the iridocorneal angle at the 6-o'clock position. Ultrasound biomicroscopy and anterior-segment optical coherence tomography confirmed that the lesion was a pigmented cyst without internal reflectivity. Specular microscopy examinations, performed to exclude cyst-induced corneal endothelium compromise, revealed a cell-density of ~3000 cells/mm in both eyes. Gonioscopy showed an open angle with trabecular pigmentation and funduscopy a cup-to-disc ratio of 0.5 bilaterally. Visual fields and optical coherence tomography tests were within normal limits.

CONCLUSIONS: The etiology of free-floating iris cysts is unclear, but it is generally agreed that these masses are usually dislodged pigment epithelial cysts. This is the first report of a unilateral free-floating iris cyst associated with bilateral pigment dispersion syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-240
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Glaucoma
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • Adult
  • Anterior Chamber/pathology
  • Cysts/diagnosis
  • Glaucoma, Open-Angle/diagnosis
  • Gonioscopy
  • Humans
  • Intraocular Pressure
  • Iris Diseases/diagnosis
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Acoustic
  • Slit Lamp Microscopy
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence
  • Tonometry, Ocular
  • Visual Acuity


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