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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 810-811

A fully-bloomed rosette: An atypical presentation

Department of Community Ophthalmology, Global Hospital Institute of Ophthalmology, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India

Date of Submission11-Feb-2022
Date of Acceptance18-Apr-2022
Date of Web Publication16-Jul-2022

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Dr. Prateek Jain
Global Hospital Institute of Ophthalmology, Abu Road, Sirohi, Rajasthan - 307 510
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_418_22

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Keywords: Combined cataract, PSC, rosette cataract

How to cite this article:
Jain P, Kumari A, Pattnaik A. A fully-bloomed rosette: An atypical presentation. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2022;2:810-1

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Jain P, Kumari A, Pattnaik A. A fully-bloomed rosette: An atypical presentation. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Dec 3];2:810-1. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2022/2/3/810/351190

A 45-year-old male presented with complaints of reduced vision in both eyes (BE) for the past one year. Visual acuity was 6/18 improving to 6/9 in right eye (RE) and 6/60 improving to 6/24 in left eye (LE) respectively. Slit-lamp examination of BE showed presence of central posterior sub-capsular cataract (PSC). In addition, LE showed radiating-feathery lenticular opacities resembling flower petals along with presence of central disc of PSC resembling flower pistil. A distinct transparent zone around the PSC delineating it from the surrounding rosette can be appreciated [Figure 1].
Figure 1: Slit-lamp image in retro-illumination: (a) presence of central PSC with surrounding clear lens in RE; (b) presence of central PSC surrounded by radiating feathery lenticular opacities with delineating transparent zone separating them in LE

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The patient didn't reveal any history of ocular trauma or drug abuse. There was no history of any systemic illness, metabolic disease, family history or previous ocular surgery. Intraocular pressure, gonioscopy and fundoscopy were unremarkable in BE. The patient underwent cataract surgery in LE with implantation of posterior chamber intraocular lens and had satisfactory visual outcome.

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Rosette-shaptxed lenticular opacification is usually seen in patients with blunt trauma, diabetes, lightning injury, exposure to infrared or ionizing radiations.[1] The typical rosette shape is acquired due to the dysfunctional lens epithelium causing edema of the posterior cortical lens fibers and creating a lamellar zone of vacuolation.[2] This vacuolation zone delineates the cortical sutures in the shape of a star along the architectural pattern of the lens, hence producing radiating feathery lines resembling flower petals [Figure 2].[3]
Figure 2: Slit-lamp image of LE in retro-illumination: (a) image showing floral pattern with petaloid posterior lenticular opacities, (b) image under 40× magnification showing cellular hydration of lens fibers with vacuolation along the course of lenticular fibers

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Rosette cataract can occasionally regress after good glycemic control in diabetics. Similarly, trauma, Nd: Yag iridotomy or vitrectomy–induced rosette cataract can also undergo spontaneous remission.[4],[5]

Our case is noteworthy because a fully-developed rosette cataract surrounding the pre-existing central PSC with a delineating transparent zone having negative history of ocular trauma or systemic illness has never been reported in the literature.


The authors acknowledge the guidance of Dr V C Bhatnagar, Head of Department and Medical Superintendent, Global Hospital Institute of Ophthalmology.

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  References Top

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Asano N, Schlötzer-Schrehardt U, Dörfler S, Naumann GO. Ultrastructure of contusion cataract. Arch Ophthalmol 1995;113:210-5.  Back to cited text no. 2
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