- Purtscher retinopathy was first described in 1910 by Otmar Purtscher in a man who suffered a traumatic head injury.1 Patients commonly present with a loss of visual acuity and a recent history of injury such as head trauma or chest compression.2,3 In the case of a nontraumatic injury, the terminology commonly used is “Purtscher-like retinopathy.” It is associated with various systemic diseases, including acute pancreatitis, pancreatic adenocarcinoma, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, connective tissue disorders, and hemolytic uremic syndrome.
- A 51-year-old woman was seen in the neuro-ophthalmology clinic. She reported difficulties with night vision dating back to approximately age 10 and an abnormal gait since childhood, which was described as unsteady and hesitant with stiffness of both legs. Ten years previously she was noted to have nystagmus by her family practitioner and was referred to an ophthalmologist, who diagnosed her with probable retinitis pigmentosa (RP). At that time, visual evoked potentials showed delayed P100 responses bilaterally.
- A 69-year-old Caucasian woman with a history of metastatic breast cancer had been receiving injections of aflibercept every 4–8 weeks for wet age-related macular degeneration in her right eye for the past 4 years. Despite the regular frequency of the aflibercept injections, her optical coherence tomography had always demonstrated significant levels of intraretinal fluid (Fig. 1). It was decided in the past to maintain her schedule of aflibercept in order to maintain her baseline level of vision of 20/60.
- Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common non–Hodgkin-type lymphoma in adults, and the myriad of clinical presentations is well known to neuro-ophthalmologists.1 Traditionally, DLBCL was treated with standard chemotherapy, including R-CHOP (i.e., rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone). Newer cytogenetic, fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), and next-generation sequencing (NGS) techniques, however, have shown the presence of genomic abnormalities that have significant treatment and prognostic implications.