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Chikungunya fever presenting with acute optic neuropathy
  1. Abhijit Anand Mohite,
  2. Adriana Agius-Fernandez
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Queen's Hospital, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Abhijit A Mohite, mohite33{at}


Chikungunya fever is a vector borne virus that typically causes a self-limiting systemic illness with fever, skin rash and joint aches 2 weeks after infection. We present the case of a 69-year-old woman presenting with an acute unilateral optic neuropathy as a delayed complication of Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection contracted during a recent trip to the West Indies. She presented to our ophthalmology department with acute painless visual field loss in the right eye and a recent flu-like illness. She was found to have a right relative afferent pupillary defect (RAPD) with unilateral optic disc swelling. Serology confirmed recent CHIKV infection. Treatment with intravenous methylprednisolone was delayed while awaiting MRI scans and serology results. At 5-month follow-up, there was a persistent right RAPD and marked optic atrophy with a corresponding inferior scotoma in the visual field.

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