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Chronic central serous chorioretinopathy: long-term follow-up and vision-related quality of life

Authors Breukink MB, Dingemans AJM, den Hollander AI, Keunen JEE, MacLaren RE, Fauser S, Querques G, Hoyng CB, Downes SM, Boon CJF

Received 24 June 2016

Accepted for publication 21 September 2016

Published 20 December 2016 Volume 2017:11 Pages 39—46


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Myrte B Breukink,1,* Alexander JM Dingemans,1,* Anneke I den Hollander,1,2 Jan EE Keunen,1 Robert E MacLaren,3,4 Sascha Fauser,5 Giuseppe Querques,6 Carel B Hoyng,1 Susan M Downes,3,4 Camiel JF Boon1,7

1Department of Ophthalmology, 2Department of Human Genetics, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands; 3Oxford Eye Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, 4Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; 5Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital of Cologne, Cologne, Germany; 6Department of Ophthalmology, University Paris Est Creteil, Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal de Creteil, Creteil, France; 7Department of Ophthalmology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Purpose: To describe the clinical findings and long-term outcome of patients with chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (cCSC).
Materials and methods: This was a retrospective case series in 52 eyes of 36 patients with a follow-up period of at least 1 year. Extensive ophthalmic examination and a validated questionnaire concerning vision-related quality of life (National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire [NEI-VFQ]-39) were analyzed.
Results: Mean visual acuity showed a significant decline over time of 0.16 logarithm of minimum angle of resolution ([logMAR] range: -0.22 to 1.3; P=0.009) after a mean follow-up period of 10.6 years. Also, patients reported lower vision-related quality of life based on the NEI-VFQ-39 for almost all categories compared to healthy controls. Macular atrophy was diagnosed more often on optical coherence tomography compared to other diagnostic entities. Retinal pigment epithelium detachments in the macula were documented on optical coherence tomography in 56% of the patients. A significant thinning of foveal thickness was measured over time compared to unaffected fellow eyes (P=0.002). On long-term follow-up, 13 eyes (37%) showed an increase in number of hot spots on fluorescein angiography.
Conclusion: This study indicates that cCSC is a progressive disease in many patients, causing a progressive decline in visual acuity, accompanied by lower reported vision-related quality of life. In deciding whether or not to treat, the progressive nature of cCSC should be taken into account in this relatively young and often still professionally active patient group.

Keywords: chronic central serous chorioretinopathy, micropulse laser, NEI-VFQ-39, PDT, vision-related quality of life

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