Oman Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 247--249

Multimodal imaging in central areolar choroidal dystrophy

B Poornachandra, Ram Snehith, Nikitha Reddy, Chaitra Jayadev, Santosh Gopi Krishna Gadde 
 Department of Vitreoretina, Narayana Nethralaya Eye Institute, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Chaitra Jayadev
Department of Vitreoretina, Narayana Nethralaya Eye Institute, 121/C, Chord Road, 1 “R” Block, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru - 560 010, Karnataka


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Poornachandra B, Snehith R, Reddy N, Jayadev C, Gadde SG. Multimodal imaging in central areolar choroidal dystrophy.Oman J Ophthalmol 2022;15:247-249

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Poornachandra B, Snehith R, Reddy N, Jayadev C, Gadde SG. Multimodal imaging in central areolar choroidal dystrophy. Oman J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Oct 4 ];15:247-249
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Central areolar choroidal dystrophy (CACD) presents as a well-defined atrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium and the choriocapillaris resulting in progressive and profound visual loss.[1] The choroidal changes are secondary to the genetic abnormality expressed at the level of the photoreceptor layer.[2] Four stages of CACD have been described, with Stage 4 showing atrophy of the fovea, resulting in markedly decreased visual acuity.[1] We describe the importance of noninvasive multimodal imaging of CACD in this report.

A 41-year-old man presented with complaints of decreased vision in both eyes since childhood. Pedigree charting did not reveal any history of consanguinity. Systemic history was unremarkable. On examination, the corrected distance vision was 20/40 and 20/60 in the right and left eyes, respectively, and the near vision was 6/9 RS in both eyes. Fundus evaluation showed atrophic lesions at the macula with well-defined borders in both eyes. The patient underwent comprehensive imaging which included spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) scans, fundus autofluorescence (FAF), multicolor imaging (MCI),[3] and optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA).

The color fundus photographs [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b and MCI images [Figure 1]c and [Figure 1]d show a demarcated atrophic area at the macula. On FAF, this area appeared hypoautofluorescent [Figure 1]e and [Figure 1]f. The SD-OCT [Figure 2]a and [Figure 2]b scans through the macula showed partial loss of the outer nuclear layer with atrophy of the photoreceptor layer and the retinal pigment epithelium–Bruch's membrane complex with a patchy epiretinal membrane in both eyes. The MCI showed a prominent atrophy at the macula, better delineated on the infrared image when compared to green and blue reflectance, as the outer retinal layers are more involved. These findings corresponded to the atrophic changes in the outer retinal and choriocapillaris layers on the OCTA [Figure 2]c and [Figure 2]d. The superficial and deep capillary plexus showed widening of the foveal avascular zone due to the atrophy but with no significant changes in the vasculature. The coarse pattern of the choriocapillaris was lost in the entire area of atrophy and seemed to be more severe at the foveal center compared to the perimeter of the lesion indicating a centrifugal progression. Larger (Haller's) vessels were visible at the foveal center and both the medium and large vessels were seen at the perimeter of the atrophy. These findings correlated well with the “differential atrophy” noted on MCI.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}

An autosomal dominant disorder with complete or almost complete penetrance with a strong preponderance for a peripherin/RDS (Arg142Trp) mutation, late-stage CACD, can present with clinical characteristics that are similar to geographic atrophy secondary to age-related macular degeneration (AMD).[4] Drusen and variable degree of retinal pigment epithelium atrophy surrounding the geographic atrophy differentiate AMD from macular dystrophies such as CACD, especially in the absence of a positive family history.[5] While the atrophy is homogeneous in CACD, the atrophy in geographic atrophy is highly irregular and shows residual material on the Bruch's membrane.[5] Compared to FAF, MCI helps in better delineation of the vascular pattern and pigmentary changes in CACD. Hence, noninvasive multimodal imaging aids in reaching an accurate diagnosis with better understanding of the structural and morphological changes.

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