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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1952-1953

Peripheral retinal vasculitis in chickenpox: A case report

1 Department of Vitreoretina, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Medical and Vision Research Foundations, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Submission12-Apr-2020
Date of Acceptance28-May-2020
Date of Web Publication20-Aug-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Parthopratim Dutta Majumder
Department of Uvea, SankaraNethralaya, 18, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_959_20

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Keywords: Anterior uveitis, chickenpox, retinal vasculitis, varicella

How to cite this article:
Roy SS, Shah A, Dutta Majumder P. Peripheral retinal vasculitis in chickenpox: A case report. Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:1952-3

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Roy SS, Shah A, Dutta Majumder P. Peripheral retinal vasculitis in chickenpox: A case report. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 26];68:1952-3. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2020/68/9/1952/292598

A 22-year-old female presented to our clinic with blurring of vision and mild pain in the left eye for 2 days. She developed cutaneous papulovesicular eruptions over her forehead [Figure 1]a for the last 5 days. She consulted a dermatologist who confirmed a clinical diagnosis of chickenpox and started her on oral acyclovir 800 mg 5 times daily. Slit-lamp examination of the left eye showed diffuse keratic precipitates, cells 1+, and flare 1+ in the anterior chamber with a clear lens and a quite anterior vitreous. Dilated fundus examination of both eyes was unremarkable at that time. At 1-week follow-up with topical steroid and cycloplegics, fundus examination of the left eye revealed mild vitritis, a normal disc and active vasculitis of retinal vessels in the extreme periphery, [Figure 1]b which was confirmed by fluorescein angiography (FA) of the left eye [Figure 1]c. After 6 weeks, the fundus examination showed resolving retinal vasculitis with no evidence of any retinal lesion. At the 3-month visit, there was complete resolution of vasculitis, which was again confirmed with the help of a repeat FA, and antiviral treatment was stopped. She is under follow-up with us for the last 1 year and we did not observe any intraocular inflammation till date.
Figure 1: (a). External photograph of a 22-year-old female showing papulovesicular eruptions over her forehead due to primary varicella infection. (b). Fundus examination of the left eye revealed active vasculitis of retinal vessels in extreme periphery (c). Wide-field fundus fluorescein angiography confirmed the presence of retinal vasculitis

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Retinal vasculitis in chickenpox is uncommon, but has been reported in the literature.[1],[2],[3] Varicellazoster virus (VZV) is known to enter the eye via neurons. Retinal involvement in VZV infection for example in acute retinal necrosis typically starts in the periphery that may correspond to the termini of the ganglion cells of the nerve fiber layer.[4] The present case represents a subclinical inflammation of peripheral retinal vessels during the acute phase of the infection, which may be missed during the fundus examination at the presentation. We, therefore, recommend wide-field FA in patients with chickenpox who develope anterior uveitis.

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  References Top

Kuo YH, Yip Y, Chen SN. Retinal vasculitis associated with chickenpox. Am J Ophthalmol 2001;132:584-5.  Back to cited text no. 1
Murdock J, Carvounis PE. Adult with chickenpox complicated by systemic vasculitis and bilateral retinal vasculitis with retinal vascular occlusions. Retin Cases Brief Rep 2017;11:364-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
Poonyathalang A, Sukavatcharin S, Sujirakul T. Ischemic retinal vasculitis in an 18-year-old man with chickenpox infection. ClinOphthalmolAuckl NZ 2014;8:441-3.  Back to cited text no. 3
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