PURPOSE: To report the presence of herpes simplex virus DNA in the aqueous humor of an eye with Fuchs heterochromic iridocyclitis. METHODS: In an eye with a clinical diagnosis of Fuchs heterochromic iridocyclitis, samples of aqueous humor and anterior capsule of the lens were obtained during cataract surgery. Polymerase chain reaction was performed on the samples to detect the presence of viral DNA including herpes simplex virus, varicella-zoster virus, and cytomegalovirus. Serologic analysis was also performed for antiviral immunoglobulins. RESULTS: Herpes simplex virus DNA was identified in the aqueous humor but not in the anterior capsule. Serum immunoglobulin G was positive for herpes simplex virus, varicella-zoster virus, and cytomegalovirus. CONCLUSIONS: The presence of herpes simplex virus DNA in the aqueous humor of an eye with Fuchs heterochromic iridocyclitis suggests that herpes simplex virus infection may play a role in the pathogenesis of Fuchs heterochromic iridocyclitis. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Inc.
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