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Bilateral Foveal Cysts Secondary To Streptococcus Constellatus Endocarditis

A. Shah, B. Shah, S. Glover, L. Herbert
Published 2012 · Medicine

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Infective endocarditis can be acute or subacute, depending on the virulence of the causative organism. It can also cause loss of vision by a variety of mechanisms, ranging from embolic retinal artery occlusion to endogenous endophthalmitis. We illustrate the first report of foveal cyst formation secondary to infective endocarditis. A 53-year-old man presented to his general practitioner with a variety of constitutional symptoms, but initial laboratory and imaging investigations revealed only mild normocytic anaemia, and he was discharged from further medical care. Four weeks later he developed bilateral visual loss associated with whitish lesions of the superficial retina at both foveae. These later developed into foveal cysts with disruption of the photoreceptor inner segment–outer segment junction and persistent poor visual acuity of 6/60 OU. No retinal haemorrhages or Roth spots were noted. Only after he presented with visual loss did further investigations reveal the underlying diagnosis of streptococcal endocarditis. Ophthalmologists assessing retinal pathology which presents in association with undiagnosed constitutional symptoms are advised to refer such patients promptly for thorough medical investigation, including blood culture and echocardiography where appropriate.
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