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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Idiopathic sclerochoroidal calcification

Contributor: Jesse Vislisel, MD

Photographer: Stefani Karakas, CRA

Sclerochoroidal calcification results from the deposition of calcium salts in the sclera and choroid which may be idiopathic, secondary to hypercalcemia, or associated with Gitelman or Bartter syndromes. The lesions are most commonly bilateral and located peripherally in the superotemporal quadrant, often along the arcades. They are frequently multiple. These features help to differentiate them from choroidal osteomas which are usually solitary, unilateral, juxtapapillary, and seen in younger adults.

Sclerochoroidal calcification
right eye (click image for higher resolution)

Sclerochoroidal calcification
left eye (click image for higher resolution)

Reference: Shields JA, Shields CL. CME review: sclerochoroidal calcification: the 2001 Harold Gifford Lecture. Retina. 2002 ;22(3):251-61.

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last updated: 5/5/2014


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