Magnetic resonance imaging characteristics of posterior scleritis mimicking choroidal mass

Eur J Radiol. 2001 Aug;39(2):88-91. doi: 10.1016/s0720-048x(01)00278-9.


We present imaging findings in a case of posterior scleritis, which may mimic tumoral mass lesion resulting in unnecessary enucleation. Magnetic resonance imaging was remarkable for a subretinal mass hypointense on T2 and hyperintense on T1 weighted images. A peripheral rim of hypointensity was noteworthy, suggestive of sclerouveal thickening. There was an ill-defined area of increased T2 signal intensity adjacent to globe at the site of nodular lesion implying an inflammatory process. A linear contrast enhancement was seen within the bulbus oculi which may represent detached retina by exudation or displaced retina due to thickened sclera and choroidal layers. The CSF space around the optic nerve was enlarged.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Choroid Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Scleritis / diagnosis*