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January 1991

Brown-McLean Syndrome

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Chicago, Ill

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(1):22-23. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080010024016

Brown-McLean syndrome has been reported as a late complication, usually occurring 6 to 16 years after intracapsular and extracapsular cataract extractions.1-3 To our knowledge, our patient's onset of symptoms 34 years after cataract extraction represents the longest interval between cataract surgery and development of symptoms due to Brown-McLean syndrome.

Report of a Case.  —A 52-year-old man presented complaining of a foreign body sensation in his right eye. He had undergone an intracapsular lens extraction 34 years previously for a traumatic cataract of the right eye. Best corrected visual acuity was 20/25 OU. Slit-lamp examination of the right eye revealed peripheral epithelial and stromal corneal edema with a central clear zone (4 mm horizontally and 6 mm vertically) (Fig 1) and orange pigmentation along the endothelial surface of the involved areas (Fig 2). There was a large superior sector iridectomy; the anterior hyaloid face was intact. The left eye was

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