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Savastano, Alfonso, MD*; Tartaro, Ruggero, MD*; Savastano, Maria C., MD, PhD; Rizzo, Stanislao, MD*

Retinal Cases and Brief Reports: July 2019 - Volume 13 - Issue 3 - p 248–250
doi: 10.1097/ICB.0000000000000572
Case Report

Purpose: To report a case of congenital retinal macrovessels associated with cystoid macular edema.

Methods: We evaluated a 33-year-old, 2-month pregnant female with sudden decreased central vision in her left eye.

Results: We observed congenital retinal venous macrovessels that were related to cystoid macular edema development. After 3 months, her clinical condition improved with a spontaneous solution of the edema and visual acuity recovery.

Conclusion: Congenital retinal macrovessels can be complicated by macular edema. The high levels of hormones during pregnancy can affect the vessels' permeability and make this condition symptomatic through cystoid macular edema development.

In this study, the authors have reported the case of a young female affected by macular macrovessels. She developed macular edema related to exudation from the abnormal vessels. This was a self-limiting pathologic condition, as the macular edema was not detectable any more after 3 months, with visual acuity recovery.

*Azienda ospedaliero-universitaria Careggi, Florence, Italy; and

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Policlinico Gemelli, Rome, Italy.

Reprint requests: Alfonso Savastano, MD, Azienda ospedaliero-universitaria Careggi, Via Eustachio 1/5, 50139 Florence, Italy; e-mail:

None of the authors has any financial/conflicting interests to disclose.

© 2019 by Ophthalmic Communications Society, Inc.