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Case 63

Contributors: Marko Tien (Medical Student) and Dr. Amrit Rai

Patient Presentation: An 11-year-old male was referred to ophthalmology for an abnormal retinal lesion in the left eye. The patient is asymptomatic. Visual fields are normal, and BCVA is 20/20 OU. Fundus exam was performed and is shown below: 


Question: Where is the lesion in this eye?

OCT was performed over the lesion and shown below.


Question: What is the abnormality seen in the OCT?

Question: Based on the imaging and exam findings, what is the most likely diagnosis?

Question: What is the prognosis of a patient who presents with dark-without-pressure lesions?


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Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the funduscopic presentation and OCT findings of dark-without-pressure lesions.

  2. Understand the clinical significance and prognosis of dark-without-pressure lesions

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