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Importance of proper diagnosis for management: multifocal choroiditis mimicking ocular histoplasmosis syndrome

Importance of proper diagnosis for management: multifocal choroiditis mimicking ocular histoplasmosis syndrome,10.1007/s12348-010-0016-4,Elham Hatef,P

Importance of proper diagnosis for management: multifocal choroiditis mimicking ocular histoplasmosis syndrome  
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Elham Hatef, Peykan Turkcuoglu, Mohamed Ibrahim, Yasir Sepah, Matthew Shulman, Jangwon Heo, Jeong Hee Lee, Roomasa Channa, Afsheen Khwaja, Zubir Rentiya, Syed Mahmood Shah, Diana V. Dohttp://academic.research.microsoft.com/io.ashx?type=5&id=48842512&selfId1=0&selfId2=0&maxNumber=12&query=
Purpose  The study aims to evaluate a series of patients with initial diagnosis of ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (OHS) with progression and response to treatments consistent with multifocal choroiditis (MFC). Methods  Retrospective review of nine patients referred for management of recurrent OHS lesions. Serology panel was conducted to rule out autoimmune and infectious causes. Results  Clinical examination revealed multiple small, punched-out peripheral chorioretinal scars, and peripapillary atrophy. Histoplasma antigen/antibody was negative in all patients. Fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography confirmed active inflammation in five patients. Immunomodulatory therapy (IMT) was initiated to control active inflammation. While on IMT, visual acuity stabilized or improved in three patients with no recurrence of CNV or lesion activities over the follow-up period. Conclusions  MFC may initially masquerade as OHS. Clinical characteristics of recurrent MFC and absence of histoplasma titer may lead to consideration of IMT and other proper treatments for MFC.
Published in 2011.
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