Optic disc edema with adjacent cilioretinal artery occlusion in a male with ulcerative colitis

Jacinthe Rouleau, Reid Longmuir, Andrew G. Lee

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Objective: To report a case of optic disc edema with adjacent retinal ischemia in ulcerative colitis. Design: Photo essay. Case report: A 36-year-old white man presented with visual loss OD. Past medical history was significant for ulcerative colitis. The patient had suffered presumed non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy OS one year prior to the episode OD. Ophthalmoscopic exam showed optic disc edema associated with an area of adjacent retinal ischemia that was confirmed on fluorescein angiography OD. An extensive evaluation for infectious, inflammatory, vasculitic, and hypercoagulable etiologies was negative. The presumptive diagnosis of ulcerative colitis-related ischemic optic neuropathy with simultaneous retinal ischemia was made. The patient was treated with antiplatelet therapy and the vision stabilized but did not recover. Conclusion: To our knowledge, this is the first report in the English language literature of a simultaneous ischemic event involving the optic nerve and the adjacent retina in a patient with ulcerative colitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007


  • Optic disc edema
  • Retinal ischemia
  • Ulcerative colitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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