Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 1164--1165

Giant retinal pigment epithelium rip in a patient with peripheral exudative hemorrhagic chorioretinopathy

Vinod Kumar, Ruchir Tewari 
 Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Kumar V, Tewari R. Giant retinal pigment epithelium rip in a patient with peripheral exudative hemorrhagic chorioretinopathy.Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1164-1165

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Kumar V, Tewari R. Giant retinal pigment epithelium rip in a patient with peripheral exudative hemorrhagic chorioretinopathy. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Apr 4 ];67:1164-1165
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A 74-year-old lady presented with complaints of floaters in both eyes since 1 month. Best-corrected visual acuity was 6/12 in the right eye and 6/9 in the left eye. Fundus examination showed regions of subretinal bleed and a large retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) rip with folded edges in the right eye [Figure 1]a and subretinal bleed in the left eye [Figure 1]b. Fundus autofluorescence showed the RPE rip [Figure 1]c and subretinal bleed [Figure 1]c and [Figure 1]d. Fundus fluorescein angiography also confirmed the RPE rip [[Figure 2], top left] and subretinal bleed and also showed peripheral retinal degenerations [[Figure 2] and [Figure 3], top left]. Indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) was suggestive of polyps in both the eyes [[Figure 2] and [Figure 3], top right]. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) showed thinned out choroid in both eyes [[Figure 2] and [Figure 3], bottom] and a fine epiretinal membrane in the right eye [[Figure 2], bottom]. Reticular drusen were also noted on infrared images and SD-OCT in the left eye [[Figure 3], bottom]. In view of good visual acuity, no intervention was sought. The patient has been on follow-up with maintained visual acuity.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}


Our case presented with regions of peripheral subretinal bleed and exudation, a classic finding of peripheral exudative hemorrhagic chorioretinopathy (PEHCR), in both eyes. ICGA showed presence of distinct hypercyanescent “hot-spots” that indicate polyps. Presence of a giant RPE rip in the right eye of the patient was a novel finding in our case. An RPE rip is a tear in the RPE that exposes the underlying large choroidal vessels.

PEHCR has been postulated to be a peripheral variant of AMD[1] as well as PCV[2] with multiple reports of concurrent occurrence. The presence of such a giant RPE tear in the periphery may point toward the coexistence of a large serous pigment epithelial detachment (PED) in the past. This finding along with presence of peripheral polyps adds credibility to the hypothesis of PEHCR being a peripheral variant of PCV as proposed by Mashayekhi et al.,[2] who documented a case with peripheral mounds of subretinal and sub-RPE bleed that showed polyp-like hotspots on ICGA.

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2Mashayekhi A, Shields CL, Shields JA. Peripheral exudative hemorrhagic chorioretinopathy: A variant of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy? J Ophthalmic Vis Res 2013;8:264-7.