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Surv Ophthalmol. 1998 Nov-Dec;43(3):270-4.

Optic disk edema with a macular star.

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Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center, College Station, USA.


A 13-year-old boy presented with acute loss of vision in his right eye of 2 weeks' duration. He had a high fever and was ill for several days, then improved but suffered recurrent episodes of sweating and a high fever. Ophthalmoscopy of the right eye showed optic disk edema, mild vitreous cells, and minimal exudates in the macula. Bartonella henselae titers were positive. A diagnosis of optic disk edema with a macular star secondary to cat-scratch disease was made. The patient was treated with doxycycline and made a dramatic improvement to visual acuity of 20/30 with a minimal residual relative central scotoma. The optic disk edema and macular star resolved, and the patient was left with mild optic atrophy in the right eye.

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