Choroidal vascular abnormality in Purtscher's retinopathy shown by indocyanine green angiography

Am J Ophthalmol. 1996 Aug;122(2):261-3. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9394(14)72020-3.


Purpose: To report choroidal vascular abnormality in unilateral Purtscher's retinopathy.

Methods: Fluorescein angiography and indocyanine green angiography with a scanning laser ophthalmoscope were used to examine a 19-year-old man four days, three months, and five months after sustaining an injury in a car accident.

Results: Indocyanine green angiography showed an area of choroidal hypofluorescence that continued to be present up to five months after the accident.

Conclusions: Choroidal vasculature may be affected in Purtscher's retinopathy. Disorder in the choroidal microcirculation could be an additional cause of the resulting poor vision observed in some patients with Purtscher's retinopathy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Adult
  • Choroid / blood supply*
  • Fluorescein Angiography*
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Humans
  • Indocyanine Green*
  • Lasers
  • Male
  • Ophthalmoscopes
  • Retinal Diseases / complications*
  • Retinal Hemorrhage / complications
  • Vascular Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Vascular Diseases / etiology
  • Visual Acuity


  • Indocyanine Green