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Case 20

Contributor: Korolos Sawires

Patient Presentation: A 54-year-old woman presented to ophthalmology for a routine eye examination. The patient denied ocular complaints or changes over the past year. The best-corrected distance visual acuity was 20/20. Fundus examination was performed, which revealed the following:

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Question: Please describe the above fundus photographs. Are there any notable abnormalities? What would be a logical next step?

SS-OCT’s over the macula and optic were performed in the right and left eye, and are shown below:

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Question: Based on the above SS-OCT scans, what abnormality can be seen?

Question: Is this a case of pseudo-papilledema or papilledema?

Question: What is the diagnosis?


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Learning Objectives:

  1. To identify OCT features of optic disc drusen and differentiate between ODD mimics

  2. To differentiate optic disc drusen from papilledema on OCT

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