Cryptococcosis of the anterior segment in acquired immune deficiency syndrome

Ophthalmology. 1992 May;99(5):813-6. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(92)31895-0.


Cryptococcosis is a rare form of human ocular infection, usually occurring in immunocompromised patients. Unilateral or bilateral posterior segment involvement is the rule. The authors describe a unique case of intraocular cryptococcosis presenting as an iris inflammatory mass in a patient with acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Diagnosis was established by anterior chamber paracentesis and confirmed by histopathologic examination of the enucleated eye.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications*
  • Adult
  • Aqueous Humor / microbiology
  • Cryptococcosis / pathology*
  • Cryptococcus neoformans / isolation & purification
  • Eye Enucleation
  • Eye Infections, Fungal / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Iris Diseases / microbiology
  • Iris Diseases / pathology*
  • Male