Role of Chorioretinal Biopsy in Inflammatory Eye Disease

Chi Chao Chan, Alan G. Palestine, Janet L. Davis, Marc D. de Smet, Ian W. McLean, Miguel Burnier, John H. Drouilhet, Robert B. Nussenblatt

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Two patients who had similar clinical presentations of bilateral multiple chorioretinal lesions and needed a correct diagnosis underwent chorioretinal biopsy. The biopsy from one patient demonstrated mainly a B cell infiltrate in choroidal and subretinal nodules, while the biopsy from the second patient showed mainly macrophages in the retina. These findings directed the therapeutic approach taken in each patient. Although chorioretinal biopsy is an invasive procedure with the potential for serious complications, the resultant finding may aid in the diagnosis and guide the subsequent management of certain patients presenting with serious ocular findings of undefined etiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1281-1286
Number of pages6
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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