Argon laser photoablation of a choroidal osteoma

Retina. 1991;11(2):224-8. doi: 10.1097/00006982-199111020-00007.


Choroidal osteomas are rare, juxtapapillary choroidal tumors, which are usually unilateral but can be bilateral in as many as 30% of patients. Choroidal neovascularization may complicate this condition and be associated with severe visual loss. A patient treated with argon laser photocoagulation for SRNVM is described, and clinical and radiographic evidence of destruction of the osteoma during an 8-year follow-up is presented. The possible mechanisms of laser's ablative effect on bone, in addition to clinical application for choroidal osteoma treatment, are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Choroid Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Choroid Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Female
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Humans
  • Light Coagulation*
  • Osteoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Osteoma / surgery*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography
  • Visual Acuity