Ophtho On Call Case 5: Diagnosis & Conclusions

Diagnosis: Macula-On Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment 

Retinal detachment is the most common caxx 


The differential diagnosis Lincoff’s Rule xx: 

  • Anomalous optic discs: buried drusen, tilted disc, hypoplastic discs
  • Diabetic papillopathy
  • Hypertensive papillopathy
  • Intraocular or peri-ocular inflammation: posterior scleritis, perineuritis, uveitis with associated optic disc edema ( e.g. sarcoidosis, toxoplasmosis, and VKH), neuro-retinitis
  • compressive optic ne 

Lincoff's rule

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Treatments are limited for this condition and there are no proven beneficial cures. The majority of patients keep vision they had at the onset of the event. The optic disc edema will resolve over time and the optic nerve will later demonstrate pallor in the affected areas.

Past trials attempted optic nerve decompression, intravitreal injections of bevacizumab, and triamcinolone with equivocal results. 

References and Additional Resources: 

1. “Retinoblastoma.” Available at: https://eyewiki.aao.org/Retinoblastoma#Differential_Diagnosis. 
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5. Balmer A, Munier F. “Differential diagnosis of leukocoria and strabismus,  first presenting signs of retinoblastoma.” Clin Ophthalmol. 2007;1(4):431-439.
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Ophtho On Call Case 5 Index
Ophtho On Call Case 5: Introduction
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