Bilateral acute retinal necrosis caused by cytomegalovirus in an immunocompromised patient

Esen Karamursel Akpek, Charles Kent, Frederick Jakobiec, Angela M. Caliendo, C. Stephen Foster

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PURPOSE: To report a case of bilateral acute retinal necrosis caused by cytomegalovirus. METHODS: A diagnostic vitrectomy was performed on a patient with non-Hodgkin lymphoma who presented with a bilateral, rapidly progressing necrotizing retinitis and uveitis. RESULTS: Immunohistochemical studies and polymerase chain reaction disclosed cytomegalovirus as the cause of retinitis. The patient was treated with intravitreal and intravenous ganciclovir. CONCLUSIONS: Although rare, cytomegalovirus may lead to an appearance identical to acute retinal necrosis and should be considered among the viral etiologies of this syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-95
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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