CME review: sclerochoroidal calcification: the 2001 Harold Gifford Lecture

Retina. 2002 Jun;22(3):251-61. doi: 10.1097/00006982-200206000-00001.


Sclerochoroidal calcification is a recently recognized ocular condition that is characterized by typical geographic yellow-white fundus lesions that usually occur bilaterally in adults. It can clinically simulate a number of intraocular tumors like choroidal metastasis, choroidal melanoma, and choroidal osteoma. Clinical evaluation with ultrasonography, computed tomography, and some histopathologic studies have supported the fact the condition represents calcium deposition in the sclera and choroid. Early reports suggested that sclerochoroidal calcification was usually associated with hypercalcemic conditions such as hyperparathyroidism and pseudohypoparathyroidism. Subsequently, many patients with sclerochoroidal calcification have had no apparent systemic associations and have been classified as idiopathic. However, very recent studies have suggested that this ocular condition can also be associated with Gitelman syndrome or Bartter syndrome. These are autosomal recessive conditions of hypokalemic alkalosis associated with hypomagnesemia and deposition of calcium salts in various tissues. Ophthalmologists should be familiar with fundus features and systemic associations of sclerochoroidal calcification.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Calcinosis / complications*
  • Calcinosis / diagnosis
  • Calcinosis / therapy
  • Choroid Diseases / complications*
  • Choroid Diseases / diagnosis
  • Choroid Diseases / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Humans
  • Scleral Diseases / complications*
  • Scleral Diseases / diagnosis
  • Scleral Diseases / therapy
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed