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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 102-103  

Multimodal imaging of an isolated retinal venous macroaneurysm

1 Department of Surgery, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
2 Department of Surgery, Aga Khan University Hospital; Department of Ophthalmology, Shahzad Eye Hospital; Department of Ophthalmology, South City Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

Date of Submission11-Oct-2019
Date of Decision31-Oct-2019
Date of Acceptance01-Apr-2020
Date of Web Publication28-May-2020

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M A Rehman Siddiqui
Aga Khan University Hospital, Stadium Road, Karachi 74800
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DOI: 10.4103/ojo.OJO_231_2019

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We report a case of a young male with symptomatic isolated venous macro-aneurysm without any associated systemic disease. Multi modal imaging was useful in making the correct diagnosis. To the best of our knowledge, primary isolated venous macro-aneurysm has not been reported previously.

Keywords: Multimodal imaging, retina and intraretinal edema, venous macroaneurysm

How to cite this article:
Maroof Hussain SZ, Rehman Siddiqui M A. Multimodal imaging of an isolated retinal venous macroaneurysm. Oman J Ophthalmol 2020;13:102-3

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Maroof Hussain SZ, Rehman Siddiqui M A. Multimodal imaging of an isolated retinal venous macroaneurysm. Oman J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2023 Mar 26];13:102-3. Available from: https://www.ojoonline.org/text.asp?2020/13/2/102/285298

Macroaneurysm (MA) can be classified into four categories: arterial, capillary, collateral associated, and venous.[1] Venous MAs are further divided into secondary MAs, associated with disease and isolated MAs. Unlike arterial retinal MAs, there is insufficient data about retinal venous MAs.[2] In literature, only three cases of isolated retinal venous MA have been published to date.[3],[4],[5] In all three cases, there were associated conditions. Here, we report the fourth case of isolated venous MA; however, unlike the other three cases, the patient in our case was completely fit and healthy except the blurred vision.

A 45-year-old Asian nonsmoker man with no known comorbids presented with a complaint of gradual blurring of vision in the left eye for the past 6 months. He had no ocular or systemic history, particularly no hypertension. Fundus examination of the left eye showed a circinate arrangement of exudates juxtafoveally [Figure 1]a. Similarly, optical coherence tomography showed hyper-reflective exudates in the middle retinal layers surrounded by hyporeflective intraretinal edema [Figure 1]b and subfoveal localized neurosensory retinal detachment (not shown). A circular lesion with hyper-reflective border was noted in the middle retinal layers (white arrow). This represented saccular dilation of vasculature in the retina. The photoreceptor layer was intact. Fundus fluorescein angiography showed a normal choroidal and arterial phase in the left eye. Venous phase showed pinpoint leakage of the dye at the branching of second-order vein. There was leakage from venous MA, which led to intraretinal edema [Figure 1]c and [Figure 1]d. Of note was the surrounding normal vasculature, ruling out previous vascular occlusion. Examination of the right eye was unremarkable.
Figure 1: (a) Exudates juxtafoveally.(b) Optical coherence tomography showing hyper-reflective exudates and intraretinal edema. (c and d) Fundus fluorescein angiography showing leakage from venous macroaneurysm

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