Bilateral sight threatening macular and optic nerve inflammation may occur with dengue fever, necessitating the use of systemic steroids. We report a case of bilateral dengue maculopathy in an elderly woman managed with targeted intravitreal steroid therapy. A 63-year-old woman presented with acute-onset painless diminution of vision in both eyes following a dengue fever episode. She had bilateral foveal inflammatory lesions, macular oedema, small vessel occlusions at the macula and scattered retinal haemorrhages and cotton-wool spots. Following systemic evaluation, intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection was performed in both eyes at an interval of 3 days. The foveal lesion and macular oedema resolved quickly in both eyes with a normal foveal architecture at the end of 6-week follow-up. The visual acuity improved considerably in both eyes. Inflammatory retinopathy in dengue fever may be managed with a targeted intravitreal steroid injection approach.
- medical management
- tropical medicine (infectious disease)
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Contributors Dr SP: data acquisition, data analysis, drafting of the manuscript and approval of the final version of the manuscript. Dr KA: data acquisition, data analysis and interpretation, drafting of the manuscript and approval of the final version of the manuscript. Dr DK: conception of study, data interpretation, drafting and critical revision of the manuscript, and approval of the final version of the manuscript. Dr RS: conception and design of the study, data interpretation, drafting of the manuscript and approval of the final version of the manuscript.
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Competing interests None declared.
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