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ISSN: 2644-1209

Trends in Ophthalmology: Open Access Journal

Case Report(ISSN: 2644-1209)

Atypical Presentation of Ocular Toxoplasmosis with Exudative Retinal Detachment Volume 1 - Issue 3

Priyanka1* and Amber Kumar2

  • 1MS, FMRF(Uvea), Sankara Nethralya, India
  • 2Assistant Professor, AIIMS, India

Received: April 27, 2018;   Published: May 03, 2018

Corresponding author: Priyanka, MS, FMRF (Uvea), Sankara Nethralya, Chennai

DOI: 10.32474/TOOAJ.2018.01.000112


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Subretinal fluid, a common clinical pathological entity, is seen in a variety of ocular disorders. Though inflammation is associated with the development of subretinal fluid, toxoplasmosis is an unusual causative agent. A 54 year old lady presented with atypical ocular findings of exudative retinal detachment due to toxoplasmosis. The diagnosis was misinterpreted first as sarcoidosis based on HRCT chest picture, later on diagnosed as ocular toxoplasmosis on correlating clinical presentation, fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA), optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings and serology. Patient was managed with a combination of oral anti Toxoplasma drugs, and oral corticosteroids.

Keywords: Subretinal fluid; Toxoplasma; optical coherence tomography

Abbreviation: OCT: Optical Coherence Tomography; FFA: Fluorescein Angiography; SRF: Sub Retinal Fluid; IVMP: Intravenous Methyl Prednisolone


Toxoplasmosis is a common ophthalmic disorder and is said to cause a considerable number of cases of posterior ocular inflammation. Different investigators have considered toxoplasmosis to be the cause of 16-70% of cases of posterior uveitis [1,2]. Subretinal fluid (SRF) is a clinical finding. It is seen in a variety of eye diseases, with the list of associated ocular disorders growing as fluorescein angiography (FFA) has become more of a routine procedure for examining the posterior pole. The diagnosis of ocular toxoplasmosis can be made on the basis of clinical findings alone [3]. In the year 1969, Freidman and Knox [4] described the following three clinical presentations of active toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis (which occurs due to inflammatory response to activation of congenital toxoplasmosis [5]:

a) Large destructive active retinitis with associated vitritis (most common).

b) Punctate inner areas of retinitis with minimal associated edema and vitreous reaction.

c) Deep retinal punctate lesions with subretinal exudate (most unusual) associated with a minimal amount of vitreous reaction and with turbid subretinal fluid or blood

When these lesions heal, they lead to scars with an atrophic, “punched out” appearance and variable pigmentary changes. In 1969 Friedmann and Knox described an uncommon form of toxoplasmosis associated with macular subretinal fluid or blood [3]. Very few cases of toxoplasmosis have been reported with associated subretinal fluid, especially from India. We wish to add this case to the relatively small number of well documented instances of ocular toxoplasmosis presented with subretinal fluid.

Case report

A 54 year old female presented with complains of gradual and progressive diminution of vision in left eye for last 5 days. She had no history of uveitis or tuberculosis or contact with pets. She was hypertensive for last 4 year controlled on regular medications. On examination her best corrected visual acuity was 6/9 in right eye and 1/60 in left eye. Intraocular pressures were normal in both eyes. Anterior segment examination of both eyes and fundus in the right eye was unremarkable. Fundus of the left eye revealed disc edema, vitritis with massive subretinal fluid (SRF). Left eye OCT showed subfoveal fibrin with retinal thickening. SRF noted inferior and nasal to fovea and inferior to disc. Foveal thickness of left eye revealed 756 micron and of right eye 165 micron. FFA revealed disc leakage and pooling of dye temporal to disc of left eye in late phase. HRCT chest revealed few nodular lesion and fibrobronchiectatic changes with calcific foci in both lung fields with negative mantoux test and negative sputum for acid fast bacilli. This case was misinterpreted first as sarcoidosis although ACE level was normal and was prescribed intravenous methyl prednisolone (IVMP) for 3 consecutive days followed by oral steroid. There was no improvement in vision and OCT showed same degree of disc edema and subretinal fluid even after 3 days of IVMP (Figures 1 & 2).

Figure 1: Fundus photo: Right eye unremarkable. Left eye showing disc edema , vitritis and massive subretinal fluid involving macula FFA : Left eye revealing disc leakage with pooling of dye in late phase. OCT: Left eye OCT revealing subfoveal fibrin with retinal thickening. SRF inferior and nasal to fovea and inferior to disc. Foveal thickness in left eye was 756 micron and 165 micron in right eye.


Figure 2: Fundus photo: Left eye showing normal optic disc with reduced SRF FFA: Left Eye showing disc staining and scar temporal to disc in late phase OCT: Left eye showing minimal subretinal fibrin, SRF and retinal thickening. Foveal thickness of left eye decreased to 314 micron.


Patient was further revaluated for other causes. IgM antitoxoplasma was positive and IgG was negative, suggestive of recent infection. Based on the clinical presentation, fundus fluorescein angiography, OCT, and positive serology, the patient was diagnosed as atypical ocular toxoplasmosis with exudative retinal detachment. The patient was managed with sulfamethoxazole (800 mg) & trimethoprim (160 mg) tablet twice daily and tab clindamycin tablet 300 mg 4 times daily for 6 weeks along with tapering of oral prednisolone. At 4 week follow up she showed improvement in OCT and FFA findings with restoration of visual acuity to 6/24 in left eye. OCT showed decrease in subretinal fibrin, SRF and retinal thickening. Foveal thickness of left eye decreased to 314 micron. On regular follow up for next 2 year no residual or recurrence of retinochoroiditis was noted.


Exudative retinal detachment is often under diagnosed in ocular toxoplasmosis. This case was an atypical presentation of ocular toxoplasmosis with exudative retinal detachment based on the presence of subretinal fluid and misinterpreted as sarcoidosis. HRCT chest findings of few nodular lesion and fibrobronchiectatic changes with calcific foci in both lung fields were old healed lesion, but patient had no flare up of lung infection on follow up. In this case positive serology for toxoplasma and response to treatment confirmed the diagnosis.


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