Traumatic phacocele in an American Miniature Horse

Kelly E. Knickelbein, Mallory Stock, Sebastian E. Carrasco, Christopher Michael Reilly, Mary E. Lassaline

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An 18-year-old American Miniature Horse mare was presented with a complaint of a scleral swelling affecting the right eye and a history of suspected trauma 6 weeks prior to evaluation. Clinical findings included severe blepharospasm, a bulbous swelling of the dorsotemporal bulbar conjunctiva, and phthisis bulbi. Ocular ultrasound was recommended but declined. Enucleation was elected for the blind, painful eye and was performed standing. Gross and histopathologic examinations of the globe were consistent with extrusion of the lens to the episcleral space, which is classified as a traumatic phacocele when associated with naturally occurring trauma. The location of lens entrapment suggested globe rupture occurred at the limbus, which is described as one of the weakest points of the equine globe. Subconjunctival dislocation of the lens and development of a traumatic phacocele should be considered as a differential diagnosis for horses presenting with subconjunctival masses, apparent aphakia, and historical trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalVeterinary Ophthalmology
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • Aphakia
  • Equine
  • Lens
  • Limbus
  • Rupture
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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