Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2021  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 213-

A Jelly cyst - Keep your mind ticking

Mrinalini Yadav, Abhidnya Surve, Vinod Kumar 
 Vitreoretina, Uvea and ROP Services, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Vinod Kumar
Vitreoretina, Uvea and ROP Services, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi

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Yadav M, Surve A, Kumar V. A Jelly cyst - Keep your mind ticking.Indian J Ophthalmol 2021;69:213-213

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An 8-year-old boy presented with diminution of vision in left eye (OS) following firecracker injury 3 days back. There were no previous ocular or systemic complaints. The best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 20/20 in right eye (OD) and 20/120 OS. On examination, OD was within normal limits while OS upper and lower lid revealed burn marks due to fire-cracker injury [Figure 1]a. Anterior segment evaluation revealed ciliary congestion, 4+ cells, dispersed hyphema, and dilated pupil with multiple sphincter tears. The crystalline lens was transparent and in normal position. Dispersed vitreous bleed precluded the visualization of retina. Ultrasonography revealed mild to moderate amplitude spikes in the vitreous cavity. In addition, a cystic structure with central hyperechoic area was seen [Figure 1]b. Though the clinical features were suggestive of traumatic vitreous hemorrhage, ultrasonography image indicated the possibility of a parasitic cyst.{Figure 1}

 What is Your Next Step?

ObservationConservative management with topical steroids and cycloplegic.Computed tomography (CT) scan of orbit and brainPars-plana vitrectomy


The patient was managed conservatively with topical steroids and cycloplegics (B). At 1 week, BCVA in OS had improved to 20/20. Hyphema, and anterior chamber reaction was resolving. Dilated fundus examination revealed a pigmented cystic structure freely floating in the vitreous cavity along with resolving vitreous hemorrhage [Fig. 1c]. No undulating movements of the cyst were noted. The retinal periphery was normal. The patient was advised tapering of topical medication with regular follow-up.


Pigmented congenital vitreous cyst.

 Correct Answer



Congenital vitreous cysts (CVC) are usually identified on incidental examination or following trauma. Approximately 15 cases of free-floating cyst are described in literature but very few presented in childhood. Vitreous cysts can be congenital or acquired. Acquired cyst can develop after trauma. While trauma can trigger formation of a new cyst, it may also displace an already formed one.[1] CVCs are usually asymptomatic and they originate from the pigment epithelium of ciliary body. These cysts can be confused with cysticercosis and with melanoma especially if they are in posterior vitreous.[2],[3] Ultrasound in cysticercosis shows a cystic structure with hyperechoic scolex lining internal surface. A similar appearance in our case led to suspicion of cysticercosis. As vitreous hemorrhage resolved, the pigmented appearance without any undulating movement suggested the diagnosis of CVC. This case highlights that the possibility of CVC should be kept in mind in such a clinical scenario.

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