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Case report
Cancer-associated retinopathy preceding the diagnosis of a pulmonary carcinoid tumour
  1. Geoffrey Merle1,
  2. Edoardo Baglivo2,
  3. Alain B Younossian1,
  4. Sandrine Vijgen3,
  5. Wolfram Karenovics4 and
  6. Omar Kherad1
  1. 1Internal Medicine Division, Hôpital de la Tour, Geneva, Switzerland
  2. 2Clinique de l'Oeil Onex, Onex, Geneva, Switzerland
  3. 3Dianapath Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  4. 4Thoracic and Surgery Department, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Pr Omar Kherad; omar.kherad{at}


Cancer-associated retinopathy (CAR) belongs to the paraneoplastic retinopathy syndromes and manifests itself by rapidly progressive vision loss, scotoma and photopsia. We herein reported the case of a 77-year-old woman without a cancer history who presents typical CAR symptoms. A complete workup followed by lung biopsy enabled the detection of a pulmonary carcinoid tumour. Treatment of oral cortisone was then initiated with dramatic improvements in the symptoms.

  • lung cancer (oncology)
  • medical management
  • visual pathway

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  • Contributors GM wrote the manuscript. EB is the Ophthalmologist of the patient who discovered the CAR. SV is the Pathologist who analyzed the lung tumor. WK is the thoracic surgeon who removed the lung tumor. ABY is the Pulmonologist of the patient who directed some of the investigations. OK is the GP of the patient who directed some of the investigations and supervised the project.All authors contributed to the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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