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Diffuse unilateral subacute neuroretinitis in a young boy: a case report

Authors Ng, Hayati AA, Raja-Azmi, Liza-Sharmini A, Hazabbah W, Zunaina E

Received 9 January 2012

Accepted for publication 8 February 2012

Published 27 March 2012 Volume 2012:6 Pages 487—490

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S29806

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FNg Guan-Fook, Abd Aziz Hayati, Mohd Noor Raja-Azmi, Ahmad Tajudin Liza-Sharmini, Wan Hitam Wan-Hazabbah, Embong Zunaina
Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medical Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia

Abstract: We report a case of diffuse unilateral subacute neuroretinitis in a young boy with no clinical visualization of nematode. The diagnosis was made based on clinical findings and detection of Toxocara immunoglobulin G by Western blot test. An 11-year-old Malay boy presented with progressive blurring of vision in the left eye for a duration of 1 year. It was associated with intermittent floaters. Visual acuity in the left eye was 6/45 and improved to 6/24 with pinhole. There was positive relative afferent pupillary defect, impaired color vision, and presence of red desaturation in the left eye. There were occasional cells in the anterior chamber with no conjunctiva injection. Posterior segment examination revealed mild-to-moderate vitritis and generalized pigmentary changes of the retina with attenuated vessels. The optic disk was slightly hyperemic with mild edema. There was presence of multiple, focal, gray-white subretinal lesions at the inferior part of the retina. Full blood picture results showed eosinophilia with detection of Toxocara immunoglobulin G by Western blot test. Investigations for other infective causes and connective tissue diseases were negative. The diagnosis of diffuse unilateral subacute neuroretinitis secondary to Toxocara was made based on clinical findings and laboratory results. He was treated with oral albendazole 400 mg daily for 5 days and oral prednisolone 1 mg/kg with tapering doses over 6 weeks. At 1 month follow-up, the inflammation had reduced, and multiple, focal, gray-white subretinal lesions were resolved; however there was no improvement of vision.

Keywords: diffuse unilateral subacute neuroretinitis, Toxocara IgG, albendazole

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