Retinal vein occlusion and papillitis in serpiginous choroidopathy

Retin Cases Brief Rep. Summer 2009;3(3):296-8. doi: 10.1097/ICB.0b013e318185ea98.


Background: Inflammation of the optic nerve associated with central retinal vein occlusion is a well-documented disorder known as papillophlebitis, which occurs in young adults.

Purpose: To report two cases of serpiginous choroidopathy complicated by retinal vein occlusion in association with papillitis.

Methods: Two patients with serpiginous choroidopathy were examined during their acute and follow-up periods.

Results: One patient developed a central retinal vein occlusion and the other a branch retinal vein occlusion. In both cases, the occlusion was associated with segmental edema of the optic nerve (papillitis).

Conclusion: Serpiginous choroidopathy may rarely be complicated by retinal vein occlusion from papillitis.