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Acute angle closure glaucoma misdiagnosed as sinusitis
  1. Natalie Si-Yi Lee1,2,
  2. Thomas L Woo3,
  3. Ashish Agar2,4,
  4. Ian C Francis2,3,4
  1. 1 Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2 University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3 Chatswood Eye Specialists Clinic, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  4. 4 Prince of Wales Hospital and Community Health Services, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Ian C Francis; iancfrancis{at}


A 69-year-old woman developed severe right suprabulbar pain with blurred right-sided vision. There were no haloes around lights, photophobia, nausea or vomiting. Investigations in the emergency department excluded a posterior communicating/internal carotid artery aneurysm. However, she did not have an ophthalmological assessment and the initial diagnosis was of sinusitis-related headache. An urgent ear, nose and throat assessment found no abnormality, but a local ophthalmologist subsequently diagnosed and managed the patient’s acute angle closure crisis. Periocular pain always deserves detailed assessment with an accurate history, visual acuity assessment and intraocular pressure measurement.


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  • Contributors TLW and ICF were directly involved in patient care. NS-YL drafted the initial manuscript. NS-YL, TLW, AA and ICF revised and approved the final manuscript.

  • 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 by Luke Bennetto, Bristol, UK.