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Peripheral iris thickness and association with iridotrabecular contact after laser peripheral iridotomy in patients with primary angle-closure and primary angle-closure glaucoma

Authors Mizoguchi T, Ozaki M, Wakiyama H, Ogino N

Received 24 August 2013

Accepted for publication 7 November 2013

Published 11 March 2014 Volume 2014:8 Pages 517—522


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Takanori Mizoguchi,1 Mineo Ozaki,2,3 Harumi Wakiyama,1,4 Nobuchika Ogino1,5

1Mizoguchi Eye Clinic, Sasebo, Japan; 2Ozaki Eye Clinic, Miyazaki, Japan; 3Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan; 4Japanese Red Cross Nagasaki Genbaku Hospital, Nagasaki, Japan; 5Nishigaki Eye Clinic, Nagoya, Japan

Purpose: To investigate the relation between the quantitative iris parameters and iridotrabecular contact (ITC) in patients with primary angle-closure (PAC) and PAC glaucoma (PACG).
Materials and methods: PAC and PACG with laser peripheral iridotomy were recruited prospectively. Anterior-segment optical coherence tomography (ASOCT) was performed under light and dark conditions, and scans were taken along the vertical and horizontal axes. Iris thickness at 500 µm (IT500) and 750 µm (IT750) from the scleral spur, maximal iris thickness (MIT), and cross sections of the iris area (I-Area) were measured by using software. ITC was defined by the ASOCT as the contact between the peripheral iris and angle wall anterior to the scleral spur. The ITC+ and ITC- groups were defined as eyes that had ITC in two or more quadrants and in no or one quadrant, respectively.
Results: A total of 79 eyes of 60 patients (consisting of 48 PAC and 31 PACG) were recruited. The prevalence of superior, inferior, temporal, and nasal ITC was 44 eyes (55.7%), 48 eyes (60.8%), 18 eyes (22.8%), and 16 eyes (20.2%), respectively. These iris parameters of the inferior quadrant, which had the highest prevalence of all the quadrants, were used for the analysis. After adjusting for age, sex, pupil size, and central anterior chamber depth, mean values of IT500 and IT750 were significantly greater in the ITC+ group than the ITC- group (P<0.05). Multivariate-adjusted odds ratios of parameters for the ITC+ group compared with the ITC- group were: IT500, 1.9 (P=0.029); IT750, 2.0 (P=0.011), MIT, 1.4 (P=0.244), and I-Area, 0.97 (P=0.406), respectively, per 0.1-unit increase.
Conclusion: Peripheral iris thickness is associated with ITC in patients with angle closure.

Keywords: angle-closure glaucoma, iridotrabecular contact, anterior-segment optical coherence tomography, iris thickness, iris area


Neutrophils are one of the first cells arriving at the site of infection, and play an important role in combating an invading pathogen.1 Neutrophils express CXC chemokine receptor (CXCR)-4 on their cell surface,2,3 whose expression is upregulated during maturation.3,4 As they mature, the upregulation of CXCR4 receptors enables them to migrate down the concentration gradient of stromal cell-derived factor (SDF)-1. This chemoattraction of CXCR4 receptors to SDF-1 forms a CXCR4/CXCL12 axis.3,4 Bone marrow, for example, expresses SDF-1 constitutively.2,3 Thus, during homing of neutrophils to bone marrow, they migrate towards SDF-1 expressed by bone marrow, forming an important mechanism for neutrophil homing to bone marrow.2,3 The literature documents elevated SDF-1 levels at the sites of injury/inflammation in lungs,5,6 intestine,7,8 synovial fluid,7,9 brain,1012 kidney,13 heart,14 and liver.15 This increase of SDF-1 in such sites leads to chemotaxis of neutrophils to sites of injury/inflammation, sometimes leading to unwanted sequelae. Herein, we present two cases with adequately treated localized infectious foci while neutropenic secondary to induction chemotherapy, who 48–72 hours after neutrophil recovery developed systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) with aseptic inflammatory collections in the same region of previous inflammatory foci. We also provide an explanation for this phenomenon based on neutrophil homing to areas of prior inflammation possibly driven by CXCR4 and SDF-1 interaction, and use this knowledge in proposing treatment recommendations for such inflammatory responses.

Case presentation

A 32-year-old woman with remote history of pilonidal abscess presented with easy bruising, fatigue, generalized bony pain, and heavy menses. She was found to have acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with 34% bone marrow blasts and t(8;21) (q22;q22). She was placed on levaquin, acyclovir, and posaconazole for prophylaxis, and induction chemotherapy with standard daunorubicin and cytarabine was initiated for a total of 7 days. While neutropenic, she developed an area of tenderness and erythema around her sacrum in the previous site of a pilonidal cyst and then became febrile. Cefepime was initiated, and was later changed to vancomycin and piperacillin/tazobactam because of suspected rash from cefepime. She remained febrile for 3 days after initiating antibiotic therapy. Blood cultures were drawn and remained negative. Computed tomography (CT) of the pelvis revealed ill-defined soft-tissue thickening in the mid-lower back from the lumbar spine to the sacrum within the deep subcutaneous fat to the gluteal crease without any evidence of muscular involvement. There was also a well-defined fluid collection measuring approximately 2.9 × 0.8 cm within the subcutaneous tissues, superficial to the lower sacrum and to the right of the midline (Figure 1A). Erythema and fever resolved, and tenderness improved with antibiotics. Vancomycin was discontinued after 48 hours, but piperacillin/tazobactam was continued until her neutrophil count became >500 neutrophils/μL. The total duration of antibiotic therapy was 11 days. A postinduction bone marrow evaluation revealed no residual leukemia.

Figure 1 Pilonidal abscess, sagittal computed tomography (CT) images on admission (A) and time of neutrophil recovery (B). (A) CT scan showing soft-tissue ill-defined thickening from the lumbar spine to the sacrum, with a focal well-defined fluid collection measuring approximately 2.9 × 0.8 cm (arrow). (B) Three weeks postinduction CT sagittal images showing increase in well-defined fluid collection, now measuring 1.3 × 2.2 × 6.4 cm (marked with arrow).

After 48 hours off antibiotics, the presacral tenderness and redness returned. Examination revealed an area of fluctuance, erythema, and tenderness in the same location of her previous pilonidal cystectomy. At this time, her absolute neutrophil count (ANC) was 2,500/μL. CT of the pelvis showed an increase in size of well-defined fluid collection, measuring 1.3 × 2.2 × 6.4 cm (Figure 1B). She was off antibiotics for 48–72 hours before aspiration, and drainage was performed. Foul, cloudy, purulent fluid was aspirated and sent for analysis. This showed many neutrophils with no organisms, and cultures were negative. The patient was placed on ertapenem, and her symptoms improved primarily after initial drainage. Follow-up sonogram, done after 3 days, showed a mild complex fluid collection within the subcutaneous tissues. She underwent incision and drainage of the area of greatest redness. Retrieved tissue and fluid were sent for cultures and remained negative again. Gram stain of the swabbed fluid showed rare neutrophils, and no organisms were seen. The area healed well, and after 12 days she proceeded with treatment for her AML with a matched-sibling donor stem cell transplant without complications.

The second case was a 52-year-old male patient who presented with pancytopenia, 35% myeloid blasts in the bone marrow, fever, chills, and tachycardia, with redness, swelling, and pain involving the medial posterior left thigh, and mild redness and swelling but no pain of the lateral aspect of the right thigh. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the left thigh showed pyomyositis with extensive edema throughout quadriceps musculature, with focal areas of myonecrosis and intercommunicating pockets of fluid. Creatine phosphokinase was 905 U/L. There was also subcutaneous edema suggestive of cellulitis. He was diagnosed with AML and sepsis. Peripheral blood, bone marrow, and urine cultures obtained initially showed no bacterial or fungal infection. He was started on vancomycin, cefepime, and clindamycin, and then changed to vancomycin and piperacillin/tazobactam after 8 days. AML induction therapy with daunorubicin and cytarabine was initiated for a total of 7 days. Surgical intervention was considered but not done, due to clinical improvement while on antibiotics.

With antibiotic therapy, the patient became afebrile with decreased pain, swelling, and redness of the left upper thigh and stabilization of the right thigh. On postinduction day 21, the ANC was 80/μL, and while on piperacillin/tazobactam, the patient developed fever. A repeat MRI showed progressively evolving areas of myonecrosis/abscess in the left thigh, predominately in the abductor brevis and magnus, and unchanged to slightly decreased area of myonecrosis/abscess in the proximal right thigh, with slightly increased enhancement and edema in the adductor magnus (Figure 2A). Orthopedic surgery was reconsidered, and it was thought that overall the abscesses were unchanged. Blood cultures were drawn and were negative. Slowly, his symptoms improved with antibiotics, and he was discharged off antibiotics after he became afebrile and had recovered his neutrophil count (ANC was 666/μL upon discontinuation of antibiotics).

Figure 2 (A) Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) T2 coronal images with marked edema and enhancement of the left adductor magnus and brevis muscles, with focal areas of nonenhancement consistent with myonecrosis (arrow). (B) MRI T1 fast-spin coronal images with progression of the edema and development of a fluid collection in the proximal medial thigh measuring 3.9 × 10.3 × 8.5 cm (marked with arrow).

Three days later, he presented with severe pain and increased swelling in his left thigh. His white blood cell count was 8,800/μL at that point. On examination, his left thigh was swollen and painful to the touch without any fluctuation. A repeat MRI showed marked progression and enlargement of multiple fluid collections in the left thigh consistent with worsening areas of myonecrosis/abscess (Figure 2B). Routine blood cultures and one fungal blood culture were obtained, and showed no growth. Prior to reinitiation of antibiotic therapy, a CT-guided aspiration was done and a drain placed. The recovered fluid showed no bacteria, fungus, or mycobacteria. Gram stain, however, showed many neutrophils and red blood cells, but no organisms. Following the procedure, his left thigh pain improved; however, his pain dramatically improved with anti-inflammatory agents. Vancomycin and piperacillin/tazobactam were started, and later changed to ertapenem. The drain output slowed down and became insignificant 15 days post-drain placement. Ertapenem was stopped 20 days after drain placement. The patient remained afebrile and proceeded with subsequent chemotherapy.


Migration of cells through the blood to the bone marrow niches requires active navigation, a process termed “homing.” Homing is thought to be a coordinated, multistep process that involves signaling bySDF-1 and its chemokine receptor CXCR4, as well as other chemokines.24 Homing is essential for bone marrow stem cell transplantation to be effective, but is also essential for successful host eradication of bacterial pathogens and survival in polymicrobial sepsis.16 The bone marrow acts as a reservoir for neutrophils, whose release and egress is tightly regulated.2,3 This interaction is very crucial during bacterial infection and sepsis, but is also very important in sterile inflammatory processes.

A sterile inflammatory process happens in times of vascular disruption, not from infection but from trauma, hypotension, myocardial infarction, cerebral vascular events, or arterial thrombus. With aggressive treatment measures, such as volume replacement, revascularization, or antithrombotic therapy, the tissue that was ischemic becomes perfused again. Reperfusion injury has been studied for more than 30 years, specifically in cerebral ischemia,10,17 drug-induced hepatotoxicity,18 and ischemic cardiac disease.14 Several studies have looked at the mechanism of neutrophil depletion16,18 to prevent reperfusion injury, while others have looked at ways to alter the signaling of the SDF-1/CXCR4 axis.11,14,19

This has a direct correlation with the two cases presented, in which induction chemotherapy was given to two patients with localized inflammation. Postinduction, they developed fevers and localized infectious foci, which were appropriately treated with antibiotics. The bone marrow reserves of neutrophils, progenitor stem cells, and myeloid blasts were dramatically reduced, because of the cytotoxic doses of chemotherapy. During this phase, these two patients had resolution of their symptoms because of appropriate use of antibiotics. Standard treatment is to discontinue all antibiotics after ANC is greater than 500/μL, provided there is resolution of fever and signs and symptoms of infection. In both instances, these two patients returned within 48–72 hours with ANC >2,500/μL, with worsened pain and an increased fluid collection. In both cases, no organism was found, but only abundant neutrophils were seen on Gram stain. Also, in the second case, the patient’s symptoms did not improve until anti-inflammatory agents were given.

One of the proposed hypotheses could be that these two patients had an infected abscess or leukemic infiltration within previous inflammatory sites when they developed fevers. This could have led to tissue ischemia or could have elicited inflammatory response leading to tissue injury. With this ischemia1013 or inflammation,58 we hypothesize that there might have been increased levels of chemokines, specifically SDF-1, at these inflammatory sites. Antibiotics were given, and these areas were sterilized. As the bone marrow recovered, the young immature neutrophils, which are low in CXCR4 expression, started expressing CXCR4 as they matured.3,4 As they expressed CXCR4 on their surface, they acquired the ability to migrate towards elevated SDF-1 levels at previous inflammatory sites.3,4 This insurgence of neutrophils into these areas could explain in our situation the inflammatory response with increased fluctuation and return of symptoms.

It is difficult to differentiate SIRS without infection from sepsis clinically.20,21 SIRS criteria are moderately associated with infection,22 and as mortality increases with delay in administration of antibiotics,23 most cases with SIRS end up being on antibiotics. In our case as well, antibiotics were initiated but later discontinued when cultures were negative. Though some studies suggest anti-inflammatory properties of some antibiotics like macrolides and newer-generation quinolones,24 there are no definitive data to show a rationale for using antibiotics in SIRS without infection. Also, in our second case, symptoms improved only after administration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Though some studies have shown efficacy of NSAIDs in SIRS without infection,25 use of NSAIDs in postinfectious inflammatory response has not been studied.

In conclusion, we present two cases of a sterile inflammatory collection developing at the time of neutrophil recovery from neutropenia at the site of adequately treated infection. We speculate that these sterile inflammatory collections were related to neutrophil recovery and homing to areas of prior injury/inflammation and not in response to an active infection.


The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.



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