Issue: 2013 > April > case report

Central retinal vein occlusion as an uncommon complication of sarcoidosis

A.Y. Adema, R.W. ten Kate, M.B. Plaisier


A 23-year-old black women with acute blurred vision
of the right eye was referred for ophthalmological
examination. Fundus examination and fluorescence
angiography showed a non-ischaemic central retinal vein
occlusion (papillophlebitis). The diagnosis of sarcoidosis,
suggested by the presence of bilateral hilar and mediastinal lymphadenopathy, was confirmed by transbronchial biopsy of the lymphadenopathy demonstrating noncaseating granulomas. The eye problems were successfully treated with systemic corticosteroids. Central retinal vein occlusion is a rare complication of sarcoidosis.