Post-fever retinitis: A single center experience from south India

International Ophthalmology (Impact Factor: 0.55). 12/2013; 34(4). DOI: 10.1007/s10792-013-9891-7
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Various retinal manifestations can occur following a febrile illness due to viral, bacterial or protozoal etiology. As there are limited data in the literature, we undertook this study to analyse the clinical presentation of post-fever retinitis due to various etiologies, as well as its course and management. This was a retrospective study of 14 consecutive cases who presented to the Vitreo Retina Department of our hospital over a 1-year period between January 2010 and December 2010. All patients underwent detailed ophthalmic examination and relevant investigations including fundus fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography (OCT). Basic and specific investigations were performed as necessary. All patients were given systemic steroids which were tapered based on clinical response. Twenty-one eyes of 14 patients (7 bilateral, 7 unilateral) were studied. Onset of ocular symptoms was approximately 3 weeks after fever. Four patients had specific etiology-one each of chikungunya, enteric fever, malaria and abdominal abscess with pneumococcal pneumonia. The presenting visual acuity of the affected eyes averaged 2/60. Six eyes had relative afferent pupillary defect. All patients had solitary or multiple patches of retinitis at the posterior pole and exudation at the macula. OCT through the lesions revealed inner retinal hyperreflectivity and thickening with after-shadowing. All patients showed improvement in vision with unilateral cases improving to an average of 6/12 and bilateral cases improving to an average of 6/24. Patients also showed resolution of retinitis, macular edema and serous detachment. Post-fever retinitis as a condition manifested approximately 3 weeks after onset of fever. Irrespective of the cause of the fever, clinical presentation of cases was similar with inner retinitis at the posterior pole and a favourable response to steroids, suggesting a possible immunological basis for this condition.

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