The extent of retinal involvement of canthaxanthin crystalline retinopathy demonstrated by multimodal imaging

Prashanth G. Iyer, Mengxi Shen, Omer Trivizki, Anita Barikian, Amina Chaudhry, Philip J. Rosenfeld, Zohar Yehoshua

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Abstract

Limited information is known about the extent of canthaxanthin crystalline retinopathy on the retinal layers. The authors describe a 51-year-old woman who was taking canthaxanthin for tanning purposes for 7 years. Three years after cessation of this agent, she presented with asymmetric crystalline retinopathy affecting both eyes. She was lost to follow-up, and upon returning 4 years later, the crystalline retinopathy persisted but the number of crystals had decreased. Using swept-source optical coherence tomography, the authors showed that the crystalline retinopathy affected all retinal layers. In addition, retinal pigmented epithelial detachments were present suggesting persistent damage caused by the canthaxanthin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-731
Number of pages5
JournalOphthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging Retina
Volume51
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology

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