Vitreous cytology in asteroid hyalosis and observations on interpretation of cytologic findings in specimens of the posterior (vitreous) compartment of the eye

Paul Zaharopoulos, Vicki Schnadig

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Cytologic methods have been used in the pathologic investigation of the posterior (vitreous) compartment of the eye in specimens obtained by fine-needle aspiration, as well as by surgical procedures. The vitreous body, which is in a semiliquid gel state, lends itself to pathologic investigation by cytologic methods. We report on a case of reparative eye surgery for complications of previous cataract extraction; vitrectomy was performed for vitreous opacities, which, by cytologic examination, were diagnostic of asteroid hyalosis, a relatively uncommon condition affecting the elderly. The cytologic findings diagnostic of this disease are described. Observations are made on the cytologic findings commonly encountered in specimens obtained from the posterior (vitreous) compartment of the eye.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-91
Number of pages4
JournalDiagnostic cytopathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003



  • Asteroid hyalosis
  • Cytology
  • Melanin dispersion
  • Opacities
  • Posterior (vitreous) compartment of eye
  • Vitreous body

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology

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