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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 1711-1713

Bilateral acute angle closure as presenting feature of Drug Rash with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS)

Department of Ophthalmology, Gurunanak Eye Centre, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission20-Jan-2019
Date of Acceptance01-Jun-2019
Date of Web Publication23-Sep-2019

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Dr. Abhilasha Sanoria
Gurunanak Eye Centre, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi - 110 002
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_169_19

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Keywords: Bilateral uveal effusion, carbamazepine, drug reaction with eosinophillia and systemic symptoms

How to cite this article:
Sanoria A, Arora R, Dokania P. Bilateral acute angle closure as presenting feature of Drug Rash with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS). Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1711-3

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Sanoria A, Arora R, Dokania P. Bilateral acute angle closure as presenting feature of Drug Rash with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS). Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 21];67:1711-3. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2019/67/10/1711/267395

A 30-year-old female presented with fever, diminution of vision, pain, and watering in both eyes for two days. She was on oral carbamazepine 400 mg twice a day for seizure disorder since 3 months. Vision was hand movements close to face, accurate projection of rays (both eyes) associated with conjunctival chemosis, lid edema, diffuse corneal edema, mid dilated non-reactive pupils, shallow anterior chamber [Figure 1] and [Figure 2] with unrecordably high intraocular pressure (IOP). Increased choroidal thickness was documented on ultrasound B scan suggestive of uveal effusion [Figure 3]a. Ultrasound biomicroscopy could not be performed due to massive lid swelling and chemosis. IOP was controlled with intravenous mannitol 20% (1 g/kg) and oral acetazolamide (250 mg TDS), topical brimonidine tartarate 0.2% bd, timolol maleate 0.5% bd and ointment atropine 1% thrice daily. Three days later a diffuse rash developed all over her body [Figure 4], associated with swelling of hands, feet and face. Hepatomegaly was detected on abdominal ultrasound with impaired liver functions (Alanine transaminase-100 and Aspartate transaminase- 90 IU/L), absolute eosinophil count-6289 (normal < 500 cells per microlitre) and non-specific inflammatory changes on skin biopsy. Following the diagnosis of DRESS, oral carbamazepine was discontinued and replaced with oral sodium valproate 500 mg twice daily and oral prednisolone 60 mg daily.
Figure 1: Showing lid edema and conjunctival chemosis

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Figure 2: Shallow anterior chamber with diffuse corneal edema

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Figure 3: (a) Increased choroidal thickness on ultrasound. (b) Post resolution

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Figure 4: Rash around neck, face and hand

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The eye condition improved after 2-3 weeks during which the antiglaucoma medications were tapered. The effusion subsided with improvement of the vision (best corrected 6/6 both eyes), IOP (20.6 mm Hg) and resolution of choroidal thickening on ultrasound [Figure 3]b. Open angles were seen on gonioscopy. Sequelae of raised intraocular pressure could be seen in the form of glaucomaflecken and iris atrophy [Figure 5].
Figure 5: Iris atrophy and glaucomaflecken

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DRESS is a hypersensitivity syndrome secondary to drugs like anticonvulsants, sulfonamides etc.[1],[2],[3] To the best of our knowledge, AAC as a presenting feature of DRESS has never been reported, only one case report of ocular involvement (cicatrising conjunctivitis) associated with it exists in literature.[4] Moreover, carbamazepine causing bilateral uveal effusion has also been reported just once.[5] Here, we report a case in which the ocular manifestation occurred before the systemic involvement in DRESS secondary to carbamazepine. Therefore, bilateral AAC secondary to uveal effusion as a presenting feature especially in patients on anti convulsant medication should raise high index of suspicion for impending DRESS so that the offending drug can be discontinued at the earliest.

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