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Choroiditis, Serpiginous

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Geographic Choroiditis
  • Geographic Helicoid Peripapillary Choroidopathy (GHPC)
  • Geographic Serpiginous Choroiditis
  • Peripapillary Choroidopathy
  • Serpiginous Choroidopathy
  • Geographic Choroidopathy

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Serpiginous Choroiditis is one of the conditions in a group termed the white dot syndromes which all involve inflammation of the retina and choroid and are defined by the appearance of white dots in the posterior inner part of the eye (fundus). Serpiginous Choroiditis is a rare recurrent eye disorder characterized by irregularly shaped (serpiginous) lesions involving two layers of the eye surface (the retinal pigment epithelium and the choriocapillaris). No symptoms are apparent unless a specific area of the retina (macula) is damaged. A sudden, painless decrease in vision in one or both eyes may be the first sign of Serpiginous Choroiditis. Patients may also notice blind gaps in the visual field (scotomata) or a sensation of flashes of light (photopsia). Both eyes are commonly affected, although the second eye may not develop lesions for weeks to years after the first eye. The exact cause of Serpiginous Choroiditis is not known.

Resources

Lighthouse International

111 E 59th St

New York, NY 10022-1202

Tel: (800)829-0500

Email: info@lighthouse.org

Internet: http://www.lighthouse.org



Association for Macular Diseases, Inc.

210 E. 64th St.

8th Floor

New York, NY 10065

Tel: (212)605-3719

Fax: (212)605-3795

Email: association@retinal-research.org

Internet: http://www.macula.org/



NIH/National Eye Institute

31 Center Dr

MSC 2510

Bethesda, MD 20892-2510

United States

Tel: (301)496-5248

Fax: (301)402-1065

Email: 2020@nei.nih.gov

Internet: http://www.nei.nih.gov/



Eye Cancer Foundation

115 East 61st Street, Suite 5B

New York, NY 10021

Tel: (212)832-7297

Fax: (212)888-4030

Email: contactus@eyecarefoundation.org

Internet: http://www.eyecarefoundation.org



Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126

Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126

Tel: (301)251-4925

Fax: (301)251-4911

Tel: (888)205-2311

TDD: (888)205-3223

Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/



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Last Updated:  4/25/2008

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