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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1477

Ophthalmological signet ring sign by a glaucoma implant

Department of Ophthalmology, Tung Wah Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong, HKSAR, Hong Kong

Date of Web Publication22-Aug-2019

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sunny Chi Lik Au
Department of Ophthalmology, 9/F, MO Office, Lo Ka Chow Memorial Ophthalmic Centre, Tung Wah Eastern Hospital, 19 Eastern Hospital Road, Causeway Bay
Hong Kong
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_470_19

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Au SC, Ko ST. Ophthalmological signet ring sign by a glaucoma implant. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1477

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Au SC, Ko ST. Ophthalmological signet ring sign by a glaucoma implant. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2023 Dec 6];67:1477. Available from: https://journals.lww.com/ijo/pages/default.aspx/text.asp?2019/67/9/1477/265118

A 58-year-old man with right eye uveitic glaucoma was successfully implanted an Ahmed valve (New World Medical, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA) to control his intraocular pressure. Glaucoma drainage device, with increasing popularity,[1] would show up on radiological imaging,[2] and be mistaken as foreign body,[3] especially with its size, superior location to the eye,[4] and heterogeneous radiodensity throughout. The Ahmed valve appears as a signet ring on computed tomography [Figure 1]. The difference in radiodensity of the polypropylene body from the remaining silicone part outlines its ring-shaped appearance. This is more obvious especially with 3D reconstruction [Figure 2], making it a signature of glaucoma implant.
Figure 1: Computer tomography of orbit showing the right eye implanted Ahmed valve (model FP7). Its radiopaque polypropylene body appears as a signet ring. 3D reconstruction was done with OsiriX. Note also evidence of right craniotomy over the skull bone

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Figure 2: Computer tomography of orbit with 3D reconstruction by OsiriX showing the right eye implanted Ahmed valve (model FP7) appearing as a ring. Note also evidence of right craniotomy over the skull bone

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