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Bilateral persistent fetal vasculature: mimicker of retinoblastoma


We describe a case of bilateral persistent fetal vasculature (PFV) in a 3-month-old boy who presented with bilateral white pupillary reflex and a possible diagnosis of retinoblastoma. On ultrasonography, there was an echogenic band in the posterior segment of both eyes which connected the posterior surface of the lens capsule to the optic disc. Colour Doppler revealed the presence of vascularity in the band along its entire length. No calcification or mass lesion was seen. These findings are diagnostic of PFV. Most cases of PFV are unilateral and sporadic in nature and closely mimic retinoblastoma. Although rare, PFV should be considered in the differential diagnosis when examining a case of bilateral leukocoria. Paediatricians should be aware of this rare but serious entity.

  • Ophthalmology
  • Retina

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