Indian Journal of Ophthalmology - Case Reports

: 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 178-

Atypical case of polypoidal choroidal vasculoplathy

Shilpi H Narnaware1, Prashant K Bawankule2, Anurag Chivane3,  
1 Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon and ROP Specialist, Sarakshi Netralaya, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
2 Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon, Sarakshi Netralaya, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
3 Ophthalmic Technician and Optometrist, Sarakshi Netralaya, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Shilpi H Narnaware
Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon and ROP Specialist, Sarakshi Netralaya, 19, Rajiv Nagar, Wardha Road, Nagpur - 440 025 Maharashtra

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Narnaware SH, Bawankule PK, Chivane A. Atypical case of polypoidal choroidal vasculoplathy.Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2021;1:178-178

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Narnaware SH, Bawankule PK, Chivane A. Atypical case of polypoidal choroidal vasculoplathy. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 May 15 ];1:178-178
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A 50-year-old female presented with blurring of vision in the RE of 6 days duration. Examination revealed 6/9 vision in the RE with unremarkable anterior segment findings. Fundus evaluation of right eye revealed tubular serous detachment over the macula [Figure 1]a. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) [Figure 1]b revealed double humped pigment epithelial detachment (PED). Fundus fluorescein angiography showed blocked fluorescence [Figure 1]c and [Figure 1]d and there was no detectable polyp on indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) [Figure 1]e and [Figure 1]f. The patient was advised a close follow up. Five days later, the patient presented with sudden diminution of vision in the RE with a vision of 2/60. Fundus examination revealed massive sub-hyaloid and sub-retinal bleed [Figure 1]g, with OCT showing large thumb shaped PED with fluid [Figure 1]h. The patient was advised and given anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injection intravitreally in the right eye.{Figure 1}

Findings in favour of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) include orange-red sub-retinal nodule, sub-retinal haemorrhage, serous/haemorrhagic PED[1],[2] with notched/thumb shaped PED, double layer sign,[3] pachychoroid vessels. Though ICGA is the investigation of choice in cases of PCV, in this case, no polyp was seen.

This case is atypical because of sudden progression of tubular detachment with no initial contributory findings from the investigations.

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