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Choroidal folds

Choroidal folds occur when there is relative indentation of the inner surface of the sclera, leading to folds of the choroid and RPE or choroidal congestion. Clinically, they appear as parallel, alternating yellow and dark bands upon examination of the posterior pole. Choroidal folds may be present in hypotony, external globe compression, ocular or orbital inflammation, tumors, neovascular membranes, and papilledema.

Choroidal Folds Secondary to Compression by Intra-Orbital Air

Contributors: Matthew Benage, MD; Randy Kardon, MD, PhD
August 10, 2017

In this case, choroidal folds occurred secondary to external globe compression by air extending inferiorly into the orbit from the frontal sinus.

choroidal folds secondary to external globe compression

choroidal folds secondary to external globe compression

external globe compression


external globe compression


Olsen TW, Palejwala NV, Lee LB, Bergstrom CS, Yeh S. Chorioretinal folds: associated disorders and a related maculopathy. Am J Ophthalmol 2014;157(5):1038-1047.  PMID 24531022

Choroidal Folds

Contributor: Andrew Doan, MD, PhD, University of Iowa

Posted: February 8, 2008

choroidal folds

Can occur in the setting of hypotony, retinal detachment, or an orbital mass.

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last updated: 08/14/2017. Originally posted 02/08/2008
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