Unilateral retinal vasculitis, branch retinal artery occlusion and subsequent retinal neovascularization in Crohn's disease.

Saatci O. A., KOÇAK N., DURAK İ., Ergin M. H.

International ophthalmology, vol.24, no.2, pp.89-92, 2001 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Doi Number: 10.1023/a:1016351800466
  • Journal Name: International ophthalmology
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.89-92
  • Keywords: Crohn's disease, Retinal artery occlusion, Retinal neovascularization, Retinal vasculitis
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose: To report on a case of Crohn's disease and unilateral retinal vasculitis, branch retinal artery occlusion and subsequent retinal neovascularization. Methods: We examined a 38-year-old woman with severe left visual loss and biopsy-proven Crohn's disease diagnosed four years prior to the ocular involvement. A Heidelberg scanning laser ophthalmoscope was used for fundus fluorescein angiography and indocyanine green angiography. Retinal neovascularization was detected during the follow-up. Results: Successful regression of retinal neovascularization was achieved after argon green laser panretinal photocoagulation in addition to oral steroid and salazopyrine. Conclusion: Retinal vascular involvement is a rare ocular feature of Crohn's disease and may result in retinal neovascularization that may necessitate prompt laser photocoagulation.