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Chorioretinal biopsy yields a high rate of diagnosis in intra ocular tumors masquerading as uveitis

Session Details

Session Title: Miscellaneous

Session Date/Time: Thursday 17/09/2015 | 11:00-12:30

Paper Time: 11:48

Venue: Athena.

First Author: : R.Mastropasqua UNITED KINGDOM

Co Author(s): :    L. da Cruz              

Abstract Details

PURPOSE:To assess the clinical usefulness of chorioretinal biopsy in establishing a definitive diagnosis in intraocular tumors masquerading as uveitis


Moorfields Eye Hospital 142 City Road London, United Kingdom


A retrospective review of a 15-year period (1999-2014) was undertaken of all patients that have undergone to chorioretinal biopsy at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, United Kingdom. Thirty-three consecutive patients presenting with uveitis where an underlying malignancy was suspected were identified on the hospital’s computerized database


Twenty-five (89%) of the 28 biopsies performed in an attempt to confirm or exclude malignancy were successful in doing this and often allowed a specific treatment. A specific histological diagnosis was made in 15 cases while in 11 cases the biopsy was effective to exclude malignancy. In the 7 remaining cases, no specific diagnosis was confirmed. No perioperative complications were reported. Postoperative complications related to the surgery included 2 vitreous haemorrages and 2 retinal detachments


Chorioretinal biopsy can often resolve diagnosis in difficult clinical settings when less invasive techniques have failed

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