Sessile and exophytic capillary angiomas of the juxtapapillary retina and optic nerve head

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980 Oct;98(10):1790-7. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1980.01020040642011.


This report concerns six patients with sessile and exophytic capillary hemangiomas of the optic nerve head and juxtapapillary retina. These are probably retinal vascular hamartomas, which are frequently misdiagnosed as unilateral papilledema, papillitis, choroiditis, choroidal neovascularization, or choroidal hemangioma. Stereo fluorescein angiography is essential in identifying these tumors that usually cause loss of central vision by intraretinal and subretinal exudation into the macular region. Photocoagulation treatment was successful in two patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Eye Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Eye Neoplasms / surgery
  • Female
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Hemangioma / diagnosis*
  • Hemangioma / surgery
  • Humans
  • Light Coagulation
  • Male
  • Optic Disk / pathology*
  • Optic Disk / surgery
  • Papilledema / diagnosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Retinal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Retinal Diseases / surgery