Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1470--1471

Multimodal imaging in a case of choroideremia

Sugandha Goel, Kumar Saurabh, Rupak Roy 
 Department of Vitreo Retina, Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Rupak Roy
Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya, 147 Mukundapur, E.M. Bypass, Kolkata - 700 099, West Bengal


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Goel S, Saurabh K, Roy R. Multimodal imaging in a case of choroideremia.Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1470-1471

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Goel S, Saurabh K, Roy R. Multimodal imaging in a case of choroideremia. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2023 May 30 ];67:1470-1471
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Choroideremia (CHM) is a rare X-linked disorder that causes progressive degeneration of retina, retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and choroid.[1],[2] Multicolor imaging (MCI) is a noninvasive retinal imaging modality.[3] We report hithertho unreported MCI characteristics of CHM.

A 30-year-old male presented with complaints of bilateral night blindness. Best corrected visual acuity was 20/30 bilaterally. Fundus examination showed bilateral chorioretinal atrophy (CRA) and areas of RPE disruption with sparing of central macula [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b. Electroretinogram showed nonrecordable cone and rod responses. MCI (Spectralis; Heidelberg) [Figure 1]c and [Figure 1]d highlighted the residual RPE tissue at macula and the surrounding CRA much better than color fundus photography. Blue autofluorescence (BAF; 488 nm; Spectralis; Heidelberg) showed generalized decreased autofluorescence with residual areas of autofluorescence in the macular area representing RPE disease [Figure 2]a and [Figure 2]b. The residual RPE tissue was well visualized in infrared reflectance (IR) [Figure 3]a and [Figure 3]c as compared to green [Figure 4]a and [Figure 4]c and blue reflectances [Figure 4]b and [Figure 4]d. The spectral domain optical coherence tomography showed retinal thinning and choriocapillary atrophy [Figure 3]b and [Figure 3]d; however, genetic testing was not available.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}

CHM usually starts from the periphery and a central retinal island is usually preserved until late in the disease course. Patients usually have good vision until degeneration involves fovea. Amount of viable retina in CHM can be assessed reliably by BAF. BAF usually shows bilateral, symmetric, midperipheral zones of hypoautofluorescence due to RPE atrophy with preserved area of central stellate autofluorescence.[4] In the present case, the amount of viable retina is picked up clearly by MCI. This area was best seen in IR channel because it visualizes structures at the level of outer retina, RPE and choroid. This report highlights the utility of MCI in evaluating viable retina in CHM. MCI may be used to document disease progression in CHM.


Ms Marina Parvin, Ms Moupiya Das.

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