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