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A. Fourie Bezuidenhout1

1 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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Fourie Bezuidenhout

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Received: 07 Jan. 2014
Accepted: 16 Feb. 2014
Published: 20 June 2014

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Bezuidenhout AF. Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous The martini glass sign. S Afr J Rad. 2014;18(1); Art. #597, 1 page.

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Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous (PHPV) is a congenital lesion due to incomplete regression of the embryonic ocular blood supply (hyaloid vasculature).1 It represents 28% of childhood presentations of leukocoria and is almost always accompanied by poor vision, micropthalmia and often retinal detachment.1 , 2 , 3 The absence of ocular calcifications helps distinguish PHPV from the more common retinoblastoma.4 The appearance of PHPV has been likened to that of a martini glass. The martini glass is represented by triangular retrolental fibrovascular tissue and a central tissue stalk of hyaloid remnant extending to the optic disc in Cloquet’s canal (see Figure 1a).5 The retrolental fibrovascular tissue and stalk-like hyaloid remnant are hypointense to isointense on T1- and T2-weighted images and show enhancement post contrast administration. The globe may be hyperintense on T1-weighted images; this may represent either subhyaloid or subretinal fluid with blood degradation products (methaemoglobin) or high protein content (see Figure 1b).11

FIGURE 1: Axial T2-weighted (a) and axial T1-weighted (b) images show the triangular retrolental fibrovascular tissue (arrow 1) and a central tissue stalk of hyaloid remnant in Cloquet's canal (arrow 2) representing the 'martini glass' sign; (b) Micropthalmia and hyperintense vitreous (arrow) on T1-weighted image due to accumulation of blood degradation products or high protein content compared to normal right globe.


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