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Eye: the door to undiagnosed chronic myeloid leukaemia
  1. Lisika Gawas1,
  2. Nibedita Sahoo1,
  3. Ashish Khalsa2 and
  4. Anup Kelgaonkar2
  1. 1Glaucoma Services, LV Prasad Eye Institute Bhubaneswar Campus, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
  2. 2Vitreoretinal Services, LV Prasad Eye Institute Bhubaneswar Campus, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nibedita Sahoo; dr.niveditasahoo{at}


Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) is a myeloproliferative neoplasm that can present in varied ways from incidental finding on haemogram to symptomatic presentation such as splenomegaly. We report an interesting case of a 22-year-old man who presented with loss of vision in right eye for 1 month. There were no pre-existing ocular or systemic diseases. On detailed ocular examination, a diagnosis of right eye rubeosis iridis, hyphaema, cataract and vitreous haemorrhage with left eye suspected leukaemic retinopathy was made. Routine haemogram revealed high leucocytosis. Systemic evaluation with investigations confirmed the diagnosis of CML and the patient was started on appropriate therapy.

  • ophthalmology
  • retina
  • iris

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  • Contributors NS and AsK reported the case, LG structured the case, Review of literature and polishing done by NS, LG, AsK and AnK.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.