Birdshot retinochoroidopathy

Am J Ophthalmol. 1980 Jan;89(1):31-45. doi: 10.1016/0002-9394(80)90226-3.


Thirteen patients had a new syndrome and entity in intraocular inflammation called birdshot retinochoroidopathy, which was characterized by a white, painless eye with minimal anterior segment inflammation but particulate debris in the anterior and posterior vitreous. There was profuse retinal vascular leakage with resultant retinal, macular, and disk edema, which are the primary causes of the decreased vision in this syndrome. Long-term follow-up (mean of ten years) revealed that only two patients seemed to respond to anti-inflammatory therapy (systemic corticosteroids) and five patients progressed to 6/60 (20/200) or less visual acuity in at least one eye.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Choroid / pathology*
  • Edema / complications
  • Female
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retinal Diseases / complications*
  • Retinal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Retinal Vessels
  • Syndrome
  • Uveal Diseases / complications
  • Uveal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Uveal Diseases / pathology
  • Visual Acuity


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones