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Metastatic esophageal carcinoma to the eye masquerading as inflammatory vitreo-retinitis: A case report and literature review


1 Department of Surgery/Ophthalmology, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan
2 Department of Medical Oncology, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan
3 Department of Radiation Oncology, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan
4 Department of Pathology, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan
5 Department of Diagnostic Radiology, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan

Correspondence Address:
Mona Mohammad,
Department of Surgery/Ophthalmology, King Hussein Cancer Center, Queen Rania Al Abdullah Street, P. O. Box: 1269, Amman 11941
Jordan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2211-5056.354537

We report an unusual case of metastatic esophageal carcinoma to the vitreous associated with focal retinitis in a 44-year-old male. A 44-year-old male patient, known case of locally advanced esophageal carcinoma, presented with a 3-day history of left eye floaters. The initial diagnosis was inflammatory vitreo-retinitis that responded to systemic steroids. Four months later, the patient presented with relapsed intraocular inflammation, vitreous biopsy using a 25G needle was performed, and cytology confirmed the presence of metastatic carcinoma consistent with his primary esophageal cancer. The patient received external beam radiotherapy to his ocular and brain metastasis, and his eye examination was stable. Five months later, the patient passed away due to progressive brain metastasis.


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