Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1500--1502

Coastline like peripheral chorioretinal degeneration as a suspected cause of nasal retinal dialysis

Dheepak Sundar, Arpith Sharma, Rohan Chawla, Nasiq Hasan 
 Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Retinal dialysis is mostly associated with blunt trauma or at times spontaneous. A patient presented to us with fresh rhegmatogenous retinal detachment with no telltale history or signs of trauma. The causative break was retinal dialysis noted on the superonasal periphery. A characteristic peripheral chorioretinal degeneration simulating a coastline almost extending six clock hours was seen in both the eyes. We have discussed this rare presentation and the possibilities of the association between this newly identified lesion and spontaneous retinal dialysis in the following case report.

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Sundar D, Sharma A, Chawla R, Hasan N. Coastline like peripheral chorioretinal degeneration as a suspected cause of nasal retinal dialysis.Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1500-1502

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Retinal dialysis, though most likely is secondary to blunt trauma, may also be spontaneous because of intricate changes at the level of ora serrata.[1] Numerous peripheral chorioretinal degenerations (CRD) have been reported ever since the discovery of indirect ophthalmoscopy. We report a rare finding of a peripheral CRD resembling a coastline, in association with retinal dialysis, which was incidentally noted and has not been mentioned in the literature before. The discussion deals with the possible cause of such a lesion and its indirect association with spontaneous retinal dialysis.

 Case Report

A 25-year-old male presented with complaints of a sudden loss of vision in his right eye (OD) since 20 days with no history of ocular trauma in the past. There was no history of retinal detachment among the family members. His best correct visual acuity (BCVA) OD was finger counting close to the face and in the left eye (OS) was 6/6. The refractive status of the left eye was –0.25 D sphere. Fundus OD showed total rhegmatogenous retinal detachment with corrugations. A nasal peripheral pigmentary CRD was evident which had wavy margins extending almost 6 clock hours resembling a coastline [Figure 1]a. On Indentation, superior-nasal retinal dialysis was seen spanning 1 clock hour. Enclosed oral bays (EOBs) were also visible on the temporal periphery OD [Figure 1]b. Clinically, there was no evidence of any vitreous abnormality. Fundus OS showed a similar type of CRD on the temporal periphery [Figure 2]a and [Figure 2]b. On indentation, there was no evidence of any retinal dialysis. He also had a twin brother, who on fundus screening did not show any similar lesion. The patient underwent OD scleral buckling surgery. A 276 silicone tire was used during the surgery. Six weeks postoperatively OD retina was attached with a BCVA of 6/24.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}


The presence of superior nasal retinal dialysis was neither explained by a suitable history of trauma nor by any appreciable signs ocular injury. A coastline like CRD (CCRD) having well-defined wavy margins with pigmentary changes was noted in the nasal periphery of the affected eye. The lesion was at the outer retinal level and uncharacteristically present on the nasal side in one eye and temporal side in the other eye. Some of the close differential diagnosis include confluent paving stone degenerations (PSD), partially EOB, and peripheral reticular degeneration (PRD). PSDs are patchy tend to occur in clusters and may occasionally coalesce to form extensive circumferential bands. But the margins of the confluent PSDs are scalloped and are often pigmented because of the proliferative pigment epithelium.[2] The lesion seen in our case showed wavy margins with a tinge of hypopigmentation along the border. Partially EOBs involve those areas where the pars plana ciliary epithelium extend posteriorly > 0.5 mm from the ora, but whose anterior surface width is less than half of the posterior surface's.[3] The posterior width of the lesion in our case was smaller and the patches were also more confluent, unlike the partial EOBs. PRDs described under various terms are mostly seen in the elderly population. The lesions are more polygonal forming geometric patterns in the peripheral fundus and occur in association with age-related macular degeneration unlike the lesion seen in our case.[4]

The margins of the dialysis were well defined and uniform and appeared as if the ora had receded from its junction with the pars plana. Though cystoid degeneration may predispose to idiopathic retinal dialysis, Cameron suspects differential growth of pars plana as compared with the peripheral retina as a more appropriate cause. Postnatal temporal growth of pars plana is well documented in the literature. An uneven excessive anterior growth of pars plana in emmetropic eyes is thought to express more traction over the peripheral retina ultimately snapping it off at the insertion.[1],[5] A similar event could have led to retinal dialysis in this case albeit the location being nasal.

The CCRDs were bilateral and might be because of the differential growth of the pars plana and the anterior retina as suspected by Cameron. CCRD may be an indirect sign pointing toward retinal dialysis in the future. A proper peripheral indentation in such cases may be required to rule out peripheral oral dis-insertions.

Though most reports have identified spontaneous dialysis on the temporal quadrant, a nasal preponderance in our case advocates that such rare findings do occur and trauma is not always the cause of superonasal retinal dialysis. Further reports and evidence are required to reiterate our findings. Another possibility is that the pigmentary changes might have been a mere association to the superonasal retinal dialysis which was instead a result of an unnoticed trivial trauma.

The cause and pathogenesis of spontaneous retinal dialysis in young patients should be explored and studied further. A proper peripheral indentation guided indirect ophthalmoscopy to look for retinal dialysis or any subclinical retinal detachments may be required when a patient presents with CCRD.

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