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Am J Ophthalmol. 2003 Dec;136(6):1183-5.

West Nile virus-associated optic neuritis and chorioretinitis.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, William Havener Eye Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43214, USA. wva.dma01@dartmouth.org

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To report the new ocular and neurologic features of West Nile virus (WNV) meningoencephalitis.

DESIGN:

Observational case report.

METHODS:

A 55-year-old woman presented with headache, stiff neck, visual loss, and fever 10 days after a weekend camping trip. Examination revealed vitritis, creamy yellow circular chorioretinal lesions, and peripheral visual field loss.

RESULTS:

Laboratory investigation indicated the patient was suffering from WNV meningoencephalitis with neuro-ocular involvement.

CONCLUSION:

Ophthalmologists and infectious disease specialists should recognize that the WNV infection spectrum may include ophthalmic findings, specifically optic neuritis and multifocal chorioretinitis.

PMID:
14644244
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