Schwartz-Matsuo Syndrome (Grand Rounds)

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Original article contributed by: Jesse L. Berry, MD
All contributors: Leo A. Kim, MDJennifer I Lim MD and Jesse L. Berry, MD
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Review: Assigned status Up to Date by Jesse L. Berry, MD on June 8, 2017.

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  • 55-year-old male presents with progressive peripheral vision loss in his left eye occurring over several years
  • Associated with persistent floaters and photopsia
  • History of distant ocular trauma. Patient was a high-school football player and sustained several concussions and was also punched in the eye as a teenager.

Exam Findings

  • VA: 20/15 // CF @ 4ft ph 20/300
  • IOP 15, 42
  • SLE: Unremarkable OU except lightly pigmented debris in anterior chamber OS
  • Gonioscopy – OD: open to CB 360; OS: open to CB 360 without evidence of angle recession, peripheral anterior synechiae, NVA or increased pigmentation
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Differential Diagnosis

  • Schwartz-Matsuo syndrome
  • Angle recession glaucoma with traumatic retinal detachment
  • Pseudoexfoliation glaucoma
  • Pigmentary glaucoma
  • Posner-Schlossman syndrome (glaucomatocyclitic crisis)
  • Uveitic glaucoma

Additional Investigations

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  • Schwartz-Matsuo syndrome


  • Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) is frequently associated with reduced IOP thought to be from a decrease in aqueous production or an increase in aqueous outflow. In long-standing RRDs, photoreceptor outer segments may be released in sufficient quantities to obstruct aqueous outflow at the trabecular meshwork causing elevation of IOP. Retina reattachment surgery can normalize the high IOP.


  • Treatment goals should focus on repair of the retinal detachment and expeditious IOP control

Prognosis and Future Directions

  • After successful retinal detachment repair, the anterior chamber cellular debris often disappears and IOP tends to normalize
  • Visual potential often depends on early diagnosis and treatment. Glaucoma may be so prominent that the underlying treatable cause of retinal detachment may be overlooked.


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