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Reminder of important clinical lesson
Trumpet tension
  1. Fleur O’Hare1,2,
  2. Angus W Turner2,
  3. Jonathan G Crowston1,2,
  4. David Ehrlich3
  1. 1
    Centre for Eye Research Australia, Glaucoma Clinical Research Unit, Level 7 Smorgon Wing, 32 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002, Australia
  2. 2
    Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Glaucoma Investigation and Research Unit, 32 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002, Australia
  3. 3
    Bass Coast Eye Centre, 212 Graham Street, Wonthaggi, Victoria, 3995, Australia
  1. Fleur O’Hare, oharef{at}


The case of a 78-year-old man with progressive glaucoma despite seemingly adequate control of his intraocular eye pressure is presented. On further questioning he was discovered to have played the trumpet for up to 4 h per day for 60 years. Significant increases in intraocular pressure were subsequently recorded during trumpet playing.

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