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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 310-311

Comment on: Validating the pachychoroid disease spectrum using multimodal imaging

Department of Vitreo-Retina, Giridhar Eye Institute, Cochin, Kerala, India

Date of Web Publication23-Jan-2019

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jay U Sheth
Giridhar Eye Institute, Ponneth Temple Road, Kadavanthra, Cochin - 682 020, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1460_18

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Sheth JU, Giridhar A. Comment on: Validating the pachychoroid disease spectrum using multimodal imaging. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:310-1

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Sheth JU, Giridhar A. Comment on: Validating the pachychoroid disease spectrum using multimodal imaging. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 20];67:310-1. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2019/67/2/310/250664

Dear Sir,

We read with great interest the article “Validating the pachychoroid disease spectrum using multimodal imaging” by Ayachit et al.[1] The authors describe multimodal imaging features of varied manifestations of pachychoroidopathy in a single patient and they should be commended for the same. One potential limitation of the current case, which has been mentioned by the authors, is the lack of one part of the disease spectrum, namely, pachychoroid neovasculopathy (PCN).

We hereby report a 4-year follow-up of a case of pachychoroidopathy, who on presentation (2013) had features of pachychoroid pigment epitheliopathy (PPE) in OD in the form of retinal pigment epithelial abnormalities with absence of fluid and best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of 6/6 [Figure 1]a. One year later (2014), he developed a serous macular detachment (SMD) suggestive of progression to central serous chorioretinopathy (BCVA 6/6) which was managed conservatively [Figure 1]b. Subsequently, in 2015, the patient presented with worsening of vision (BCVA 6/9). Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) showed an increase in SMD [Figure 1]c, and indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) [Figure 1]e illustrated an abnormal vascular network in the absence of polyps suggestive of PCN. He underwent two doses of intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB), following which he was lost to follow-up. In 2016, he presented with further deterioration in vision (BCVA 6/12). SD-OCT showed worsening [Figure 1]d, whereas ICGA at this stage demonstrated classic early nodular hypercyanescence characteristic of polyp [Figure 1]f and [Figure 2]e. A diagnosis of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy was made and the patient underwent three further doses of IVB. At all visits, we quantitatively noted a progressive increase in the dimension of irregular pigment epithelial detachment (double-layer sign) [Figure 2]a, [Figure 2]b, [Figure 2]c, [Figure 2]d.
Figure 1: SD-OCT showing presence of shallow irregular pigment epithelial detachment (double-layer-sign; [DLS]; yellow arrow in a - d); a) at baseline without fluid (pachychoroid pigment epitheliopathy), b) with appearance of serous macular detachment (red arrow; 1b) after 1 year (central serous chorioretinopathy), (c) Increase in DLS with corresponding ICGA (e) demonstrating abnormal vascular network (green arrow) confirming pachychoroid neovasculopathy which progresses to polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy [pigment epithelial detachment on SD-OCT (blue arrow; d); nodular hypercyanescence [polyp; blue arrow; f) and abnormal vascular network (green arrow; f) on ICGA]

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Figure 2: SD-OCT showing progressive quantitative increment in the size of the double-layer sign as the pachychoroid spectrum progresses from pachychoroid pigment epitheliopathy (a), to central serous chorioretinopathy (b), pachychoroid neovasculopathy (c), and ultimately to polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (d). Eye tracked SD-OCT with ICGA at the PCV stage confirms the presence of nodular hypercyanescence on ICGA (yellow arrow; e) corresponding to the pigment epithelial detachment on SD-OCT (red arrow; e)

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To conclude, our case is complementary to Ayachit et al., as it further validates the pachychoroid spectrum. In addition, our case is exclusive as it illustrates the entire pachychoroid spectrum, including PCN, in the same eye over a longitudinal follow-up of 4 years. This highlights the importance of long-term follow-up of these patients on multimodal imaging, including timely performance of ICGA to detect any abnormal network or polyps which may help us plan pertinent therapeutic strategy for optimal outcome in pachychoroid management.

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Ayachit G, Ayachit A, Nadgir H, Joshi S. Validating the pachychoroid disease spectrum using multimodal imaging. Indian J Ophthalmol 2018;66:1022-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
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