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Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV)

Contributor: Jesse Vislisel, MD

Photographer: Brice Critser, CRA

Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV), also known as posterior uveal bleeding syndrome, is a condition characterized by chronic, multiple, recurrent serosanguinous retinal pigment epithelium detachments secondary to an abnormal network of underlying choroidal vessels. Multiple areas of subretinal hemorrhage are visible in these photos. They are surrounded by areas of yellow subretinal material which likely represents old hemorrhage.

Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy
right eye

Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy
left eye

The photograph below shows the fundus appearance after the patient later presented with an acute subretinal hemorrhage in the right eye.

polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy


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last updated: 12/23/2013
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