Anterior segment findings in AIDS patients with cytomegalovirus retinitis
Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
• Background: Anterior segment findings in AIDS patients presenting with cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis have not been specifically addressed in the American literature. • Methods: Our study evaluated 21 AIDS patients with CMV retinitis. • Results: Nineteen (90%) of these patients exhibited corneal endothelial deposits concurrent with CMV retinitis. The endothelial deposits were microscopic, opaque, linear flecks arranged in a reticular-like fashion. Of 42 eyes evaluated, 32 (76%) demonstrated active CMV retinitis. Corneal endothelial deposits were noted in 26 (81%) of the 32 eyes with retinitis. These corneal endothelial deposits were absent in the eyes which did not have CMV retinitis. • Conclusion: Meticulous examination of the retina of an HIV-positive or AIDS patient who presents with reticularly arranged, linear, flecked corneal endothelial deposits should be performed to ensure that the diagnosis of CMV retinitis can be ruled out. © 1995 Springer-Verlag.
Body, J., Butrus, S., Laby, D., Ashraf, M., Rabinowitz, A., & Parenti, D. (1995). Anterior segment findings in AIDS patients with cytomegalovirus retinitis. Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 233 (6). http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00200488