Changes in Peripheral Anterior Chamber Depth of a Case of Relapsing Polychondritis with Recurrent Secondary Angle Closure Glaucoma§

Kenji Kashiwagi*, 1, Toshie Furuya1, Fumiko Kashiwagi2
1 Department of Ophthalmology, University of Yamanashi, Faculty of Medicine, Chuo, Yamanashi, Japan
2 Ophthalmic Clinic Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan

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§ Propriety interest: KK has a patent of an instrument used in this report.


A case of relapsing polychondritis showed IOP elevations three times during the follow-up due to the angle-closure mechanism. The peripheral anterior chamber depth (ACD) showed a good correlation with IOP elevation, but central ACD did not. The peripheral ACD could be more related to IOP elevation than central ACD.

Keywords: Relapsing polychondritis, angle closure glaucoma, auricular chondritis, peripheral anterior chamber depth.