Syphilitic Posterior Placoid Chorioretinitis

Gorovoy, Ian R. MD; Desai, Shilpa MD

doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000048
Case Report

Abstract: We present a case of syphilitic posterior placoid chorioretinitis, an uncommon but distinct ocular manifestation of syphilis. Because of the ocular findings, a lumbar puncture was performed to evaluate for neurosyphilis, which was positive. The ocular symptoms resolved with intravenous penicillin.

Syphilitic posterior placoid chorioretinitis is a rare manifestation of syphilis. Prompt diagnosis and treatment leads to the best visual outcomes.

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Correspondence: Ian R. Gorovoy, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143. E-mail: iangorovoy@gmail.com.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Received for publication May 31, 2013, and accepted September 16, 2013.

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