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    February 2019 Blink


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    Presumed Ocular Histoplasmosis Syndrome

    Written by Philip L. Ames, MD, Kathleen A. Regan, MD, and Siva S. Radhakrishnan Iyer, MD. Photos by Dr. Iyer, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Fla.

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    A 62-year-old woman presented withblurry vision in her right eye, which had started 3 weeks prior to her visit. Her ocular history was signif­icant for long-standing poor vision in the left eye from presumed ocular histoplas­mosis syndrome (POHS). On exam, the best-correct­ed visual acuity was 20/60 in her right eye and count fingers at 1 foot in her left. Intraocular pressure was normal in both eyes.

    Dilated funduscopic exam of the right eye (Fig. 1) showed a 1/4 disc–diameter gray lesion in the inferior macula with subretinal fluid and associated small hemorrhage. Both eyes had peri­papillary atrophy with punched-out lesions in the midperiphery. In the left eye, disciform macular scarring was present (Fig. 2). Fluorescein angi­ography of the right eye (Fig. 3) illustrated early staining with late leakage in the inferior macula consistent with a choroidal neovascular mem­brane (CNVM). Optical coherence tomography of the right eye (Fig. 4) confirmed ellipsoid zone disruption from a subretinal lesion with associated fluid.

    Intravitreal bevacizumab treatment was initiated in the right eye only, with involution of the CNVM and complete resolution of subretinal fluid after 3 treatments. Vision in this eye improved to 20/20.

    POHS may develop a CNVM with an annual incidence of 1.8%.1 These lesions are very respon­sive to anti-VEGF as in this case.


    1 Macular Photocoagulation Study Group. Arch Ophthalmol. 1996;114(6):677-688.

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