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Bilateral isolated concurrent superior ophthalmic vein thrombosis in systemic lupus erythematosus

Authors Sambhav K, Shakir O, Chalam K

Received 28 April 2015

Accepted for publication 27 June 2015

Published 8 September 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 181—183


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Kumar Sambhav, Omar Shakir, Kakarla V Chalam

Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine – Jacksonville, University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA

We describe a case of bilateral consecutive superior ophthalmic vein thrombosis as a presenting feature in a patient previously not known to have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). A 68-year-old African–American female presented with decreased vision in right eye, mild right orbital tenderness, and frontotemporal headache of 3 days duration. MRI of the orbits confirmed thrombosis of the right superior ophthalmic vein without extension into the cavernous sinus. Sequential MRI at 1 month showed interval improvement of the right superior ophthalmic vein thrombosis and a new thrombosis in the left superior ophthalmic vein. Renal biopsy revealed granular membranous and mesangial deposits of IgG, IgA, IgM, C3, and C1q and confirmed the diagnosis of SLE.

Keywords: superior ophthalmic vein thrombosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, MRI in SOVT

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