Exudative retinal detachment in relapsing polychondritis: Case report and literature review

Neelakshi Bhagat, Ronald L. Green, Steven E. Feldon, Jennifer I. Lim

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Objective: To report the atypical ocular symptoms (arterialized conjunctival vessels, exudative retinal detachment) that can be the presentating manifestations of relapsing polychondritis. Design: Observational case report and literature review. Methods: A complete ocular and systemic evaluation was performed on a patient with relapsing polychondritis and exudative retinal detachment. Main Outcome Measures: Retinal, choroidal, and scleral findings. Results: A 73-year-old man with relapsing polychondritis presented with a unilateral large bullous exudative retinal detachment and marked choroidal and scleral thickening bilaterally. Conclusions: Ophthalmologists should consider relapsing polychondritis in the differential diagnosis of exudative retinal detachment. A combination of echographic and laboratory findings can assist in the accurate diagnosis of this rare condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1156-1159
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ophthalmology


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