Posterior subcapsular cataracts associated with megestrol acetate therapy

Naomi E. Aronson*, George P. Amegin

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Megestrol acetate, used for eight weeks as an appetite stimulant in a man infected with human immunodeficiency virus, was associated with the development of bilateral posterior subcapsular cataracts. We propose that the glucocorticoid properties of megestrol were contributory. Complicating this association, the patient developed cytomegalovirus retinitis approximately six weeks after the cataracts were recognized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-91
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • cataract
  • human immunodeficiency virus
  • megestrol


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