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Reply to: differential diagnosis of pseudohypopyon and discussion of extranodal natural killer/T-cell lymphoma presenting as hypopyon panuveitis

The Original Article was published on 06 October 2022

Abstract

Extranodal natural killer/T-cell lymphoma rarely presents as intraocular masquerade syndrome. We thank Dr. Evereklioglu for bringing up the importance of a thorough ocular examination, differential diagnosis, and consideration of the characteristics of ocular masquerade syndrome.

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We thank Dr. Evereklioglu for his comments regarding our case report of an intraocular extranodal natural killer/T-cell lymphoma (ENKTL) [1], and we are happy to address his main points here. First, Dr. Evereklioglu questioned the terminology of “hypopyon” that we used in the article. We agree that careful examination to distinguish between true hypopyon and pseudohypopyon would be beneficial. In our defense, we believed most ophthalmologists would understand that our patient did not have true hypopyon, since we clearly explained that the definite diagnosis in our patient was ENKTL. Indeed, in our case report, we aimed to demonstrate an atypical presentation and the disease progression of intraocular ENKTL. We did not wish to mislead ophthalmologists with the terminology we used. Also, many articles published worldwide have used the term hypopyon to describe the findings in ocular masquerade syndrome [2,3,4,5], and we believed the readers would understand the distinction.

Next, Dr. Evereklioglu brought up a point about “uninjected white eye”, and he proposed that this should be used to exclude an infectious etiology of ocular inflammation. We think this is partially correct, and we are not opposing that subtle conjunctival injection is a clue to diagnose ocular masquerade syndrome, but we also raise the point that some patients with infectious uveitis may also present with mild conjunctival injection [6,7,8]. In addition, we did not mention the prior treatment of our patient in the article. She was receiving an hourly topical prednisolone acetate, which may partially have reduced ocular surface inflammation at presentation. Lastly, Dr. Evereklioglu commented on the differential diagnosis that we made, specifically endogenous endophthalmitis (EE), and criticized that EE should not be included in our differential diagnosis. In our defense, the symptoms of EE vary from mild discomfort to severe eye pain and severe visual loss [9, 10]. In one systematic review, it was reported that up to 33% of patients with EE were initially misdiagnosed as noninfectious uveitis, conjunctivitis, and others [11]. Unlike exogenous endophthalmitis, painless ocular inflammation may not always be used to exclude EE and therefore we included EE in our differential diagnosis.

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Abbreviations

EE:

Endogenous endophthalmitis

ENKTL:

Extranodal natural killer/T-cell lymphoma

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Acknowledgements

All the authors would like to thank the patient for her kind participation and cooperation in our study. We acknowledge the support of Sanya Sukpanichnant, MD, FRCPath in the Department of Pathology, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University for help with processing the histopathological tissue diagnosis and providing us with a beautiful photo of the histopathological report.

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Sukon, N., Tesavibul, N., Choopong, P. et al. Reply to: differential diagnosis of pseudohypopyon and discussion of extranodal natural killer/T-cell lymphoma presenting as hypopyon panuveitis. BMC Ophthalmol 22, 393 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12886-022-02616-3

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