Branch Retinal Arterial Occlusions in Multifocal Retinitis With Optic Nerve Edema

Steven M. Cohen, Janet L. Davis, J. Donald M. Gass

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Objective: To determine the natural history and visual prognosis of patients with branch retinal arterial occlusions secondary to multifocal retinitis. Methods: Cases were reviewed for seven patients who exhibited multifocal retinitis and branch retinal arterial occlusion. The average age of the patients was 27 years (age range, 14 to 19 years). Results: Six patients had systemic illnesses associated with their ocular findings. Four patients were scratched by a cat or exposed to a cat with fleas within 1 month of symptoms. Three of these patients were tested and had positive cat- scratch disease liters. At presentation, five patients complained of a scotoma, and two noted blurred vision. On examination, visual acuity was 20/25 or better in all but one eye. Five patients had vitritis, which was bilateral in three. Four patients exhibited optic nerve edema, which was bilateral in two. White intraretinal infiltrates were present in all patients, and were bilateral in five. The six patients who were examined within 1 week of symptoms had a white retinal infiltrate at the site of vascular occlusion. The retina/findings resolved in 2 to 6 weeks and did not recur. The final visual acuity was 20/20 OU in all patients. Conclusions: Branch retinal arterial occlusions represent a complication of multifocal retinitis and idiopathic optic nerve edema. The arterial occlusions are probably caused by a focus of retinitis. This self-limited disorder has an excellent visual prognosis and may be related to cat-scratch disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1271-1276
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of ophthalmology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1995

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  • Ophthalmology


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