Toxoplasmosis Neuroretinitis

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  • Background: Neuroretinitis is a distinct clinical entity consisting of moderate to severe visual loss, optic nerve head edema, macular exudate in a stellate pattern, and variable vitreous inflammation. Although the etiology is usually postviral or idiopathic, an acute infectious cause occasionally is demonstrated. Methods: Five juvenile or young adult patients with neuroretinitis are presented with serologic evidence of Toxoplasma gondii infection. Four of the five patients were treated with systemic antibiotics and corticosteroids; one patient was not treated. Results: With a mean follow-up period of 50 months, visual acuity returned to 20/25 or better in four patients, with one patient regaining visual acuity of 20/60. Two patients had one or more recurrent episodes of neuroretinitis, distinguishing toxoplasmosis from idiopathic neuroretinitis, which is usually a monophasic illness. Conclusions: Toxoplasmosis infection is a rare, but potentially treatable, form of. neuroretinitis and should be included in the differential diagnosis of “Leber's idiopathic stellate retinopathy.” © 1993, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Fish RH; Hoskins JC; Kline LB
  • Start Page

  • 1177
  • End Page

  • 1182
  • Volume

  • 100
  • Issue

  • 8