Choroiditis, Serpiginous

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Geographic Choroiditis
  • Geographic Helicoid Peripapillary Choroidopathy (GHPC)
  • Geographic Serpiginous Choroiditis
  • Peripapillary Choroidopathy
  • Serpiginous Choroidopathy
  • Geographic Choroidopathy

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Serpiginous Choroiditis is one of the conditions in a group termed the white dot syndromes which all involve inflammation of the retina and choroid and are defined by the appearance of white dots in the posterior inner part of the eye (fundus). Serpiginous Choroiditis is a rare recurrent eye disorder characterized by irregularly shaped (serpiginous) lesions involving two layers of the eye surface (the retinal pigment epithelium and the choriocapillaris). No symptoms are apparent unless a specific area of the retina (macula) is damaged. A sudden, painless decrease in vision in one or both eyes may be the first sign of Serpiginous Choroiditis. Patients may also notice blind gaps in the visual field (scotomata) or a sensation of flashes of light (photopsia). Both eyes are commonly affected, although the second eye may not develop lesions for weeks to years after the first eye. The exact cause of Serpiginous Choroiditis is not known.
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National Association for Visually Handicapped
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Association for Macular Diseases, Inc.
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Tel: (212)605-3719
Fax: (212)605-3795
Email: association@retinal-research.org
Internet: http:/www.macula.org/association/about.html

NIH/National Eye Institute
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EyeCare Foundation
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Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
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