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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 594

Focal choroidal excavation

Department of Retina and Vitreous, Rajan Eye Care Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Submission28-Sep-2021
Date of Acceptance12-Oct-2021
Date of Web Publication13-Apr-2022

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Arthi Mohankumar
Rajan Eye Care Hospital, T Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu - 600 017
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_2520_21

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Keywords: Choroidal cavitary disorders, focal choroidal excavation, pachychoroid

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Mohankumar A, Khatri M. Focal choroidal excavation. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2022;2:594

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Mohankumar A, Khatri M. Focal choroidal excavation. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 May 18];2:594. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2022/2/2/594/342962

A 52-year-old male presented to us for routine examination. His best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 6/6 in both eyes. Fundus examination of the right eye was normal. The left eye showed an oval, excavated hyperpigmented lesion temporal to the fovea. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) through the lesion showed concavity of the choroid with separation between the photoreceptor tips and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) [Figure 1]. Fundus autofluorescence showed hypo autofluorescence corresponding to the lesion. The patient was diagnosed to have juxtafoveal primary non-conforming type of Focal choroidal excavation (FCE) and observed.
Figure 1: (a) color fundus photography of the left eye showing a pigmented lesion temporal to fovea indicated by the red arrow. (b) Optical coherence tomography scan through the lesion showing a cone-shaped nonconforming type of FCE indicated by the white arrow

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FCE was first described by Jampol et al. in 2006 in an asymptomatic myope.[1],[2] It is classified as conforming type when there is no separation between photoreceptor and RPE and non-conforming type when there is separation, which is seen as a hyporeflective space.[3] This space may be occupied by subretinal fluid, vitelliform material, or hyperreflective scar tissue. It can convert from conforming to nonconforming type and vice versa spontaneously or with treatment of the associated pathologies. Based on the shape, they can be classified as cone-shaped, bowl-shaped, or mixed morphology when they have features of both. Congenital/primary FCE occurs mostly in myopes in absence of other pathologies. Acquired/secondary FCE may be associated with pachychoroid diseases, chorioretinal inflammation, dystrophies, and tumors.[4] There is no classical fundus finding attributable, and diagnosis is mainly based on OCT, which helps us differentiate from other choroidal cavitary disorders such as intrachoroidal cavitation and torpedo maculopathy. Lesions that may mimic FCE include traumatic choroidal ruptures, choroidal vascular disorders, and staphylomas when associated with focal areas of choroidal thinning. Management includes excluding associated pathologies and their specific treatment if present. FCE alone can be observed due to their stationary nature but needs regular follow-up due to the increased incidence of choroidal neovascularization.

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  References Top

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Kumano Y, Nagai H, Enaida H, Ueno A, Matsui T. Symptomatic and morphological differences between choroidal excavations. Optom Vis Sci 2013;90:e110-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
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