Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2021 Jan 1;15(1):56-61. doi: 10.1097/ICB.0000000000000747.


Purpose: To report unique retinal fundus lesions and treatment outcomes of intraocular tuberculosis in patients under anti-tumor necrosis factor treatment.

Methods: Retrospective review of two patients with laboratorial evidence of tuberculosis who had bilateral ocular signs and symptoms not attributable to other diseases. Multimodal imaging was analyzed at the time of presentation and after the treatment initiation. The study patients underwent standard treatment for tuberculosis.

Results: Clinical and laboratory findings were consistent with the diagnosis of presumed tuberculosis. Color fundus photograph revealed the presence of multifocal yellowish retinal spots in the study eyes. On fluorescein angiography, the retinal lesions seen on color fundus photograph showed early hypofluorescence with progressive staining of its edges. Occlusive vasculitis with peripheral nonperfusion was also observed in both cases. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography demonstrated increased reflectivity and thickness on the topography of retinitis lesions. After specific antibiotic treatment for tuberculosis, there was complete disappearance of the retinal lesions in all study eyes.

Conclusion: We report two unique cases of bilateral presumed intraocular tuberculosis presenting as multifocal retinitis in patients under biologic agent treatment. Anti-tumor necrosis factor agents may be related to unusual fundus manifestations of tuberculosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biological Factors / therapeutic use*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Eye Infections, Viral / diagnosis
  • Eye Infections, Viral / drug therapy*
  • Eye Infections, Viral / microbiology
  • Fluorescein Angiography / methods
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multimodal Imaging
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / isolation & purification*
  • Retina / microbiology
  • Retina / pathology*
  • Retinitis / diagnosis
  • Retinitis / drug therapy*
  • Retinitis / microbiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence / methods
  • Tuberculosis, Ocular / diagnosis
  • Tuberculosis, Ocular / drug therapy*
  • Tuberculosis, Ocular / microbiology
  • Visual Acuity*


  • Biological Factors