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Reverse hypopyon formed by emulsified silicone oil in the anterior chamber

Contributor: Jesse Vislisel, MD

Photographer: Cindy Montague, CRA

A "reverse hypopyon" can form when emulsified silicone oil used during vitreoretinal surgery enters the anterior chamber of the eye. The silicone oil floats in the aqueous to look like a layered hypopyon in the upper portion of the anterior chamber. Also visible in this photograph is an inferior peripheral iridectomy and sectoral iris nevus.

silicone oil floats in the aqueous to look like a layered hypopyon in the upper portion of the anterior chambe

silicone oil floats in the aqueous to look like a layered hypopyon in the upper portion of the anterior chambe (slit lamp view)


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last updated: 10/10/2014
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