A white circular-spot pattern of iridian atrophy associated with Varicella-zoster virus and Toxoplasma gondii coinfection: a case report

Juliana Muñoz-Ortiz, Olga Lorena Rubio-Romero, Maria Cecilia Cedeño, Karla Arteaga-Rivera, Alejandra de-la-Torre

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Abstract

Background: We report a case of white circular spots of iridian atrophy, which we will call “polka dots” pattern, as a rare ophthalmological finding associated with uveitis secondary to varicella-zoster virus and Toxoplasma gondii coinfection in a male patient in Bogotá, Colombia. Case presentation: We present de case of a 53-year-old Colombian male patient with a diagnosis of anterior uveitis in his left eye due to varicella-zoster virus and Toxoplasma gondii coinfection documented by polymerase chain reaction analysis. He presented with multiple areas of superficial white circular spots of iridian atrophy in 360º, some with deeper atrophy where the stroma fibers were visualized and only a small punctate defect of transillumination was evident. This rare pattern of iridian atrophy has not been previously described in cases of uveitis in the literature. Conclusions: This is the first case reporting the findings of superficial “polka dots” pattern iridian atrophy in 360° secondary to anterior uveitis due to the coinfection of a virus and a parasite. The identification of similar clinical cases may lead to early initiation of systemic treatment in these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number479
Number of pages5
JournalBMC Ophthalmology
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 7 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ophthalmology

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