Masquerade syndrome: an ocular involvement of lung cancer.

Umi Kalthum MN, and Wan Haslina Wah, (2013) Masquerade syndrome: an ocular involvement of lung cancer. Medicine & Health, 8 (1). pp. 47-51. ISSN 1823-2140


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We report a case of a 37-year-old smoker who presented with painless and sudden onset of loss of upper field vision of the right eye, associated with one month history of dry cough which was unresponsive to antibiotic and subsequent anti- tuberculosis therapy. Visual acuity at presentation was counting finger. There was bullous retinal detachment on examination. Radiological imaging revealed multiple lung opacities, involving the brain and the right orbit. Bronchoscopy and biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of adenocarcinoma of the lung. This case illustrates masquerade syndrome of which a lung carcinoma harbours behind a seemingly innocent retinal detachment. It also highlights the importance of entertaining lung carcinoma as a differential diagnosis in suspected tuberculosis among heavy smokers.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:smoker; retinal detachment; adenocarcinoma; masquerade syndrome
Journal:Medicine & Health
ID Code:7041
Deposited By: Mr. Muhammad Wafi -
Deposited On:03 Apr 2014 06:54
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