Retinopathy in childhood dermatomyositis

Stephen M. Harrison, Marcel Frenkel, Burton J. Grossman, Reuben Matalon

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A 16-year-old girl had bilateral visual loss due to exudative retinopathy, weakness related to a diffuse myositis, and a macular erythematous rash. Skin and muscle biopsy was compatible with the diagnosis of dermatomyositis. Although the systemic manifestations promptly resolved on corticosteroid therapy, the visual loss was permanent. Presumed vasculitis resulted in diffuse retinal changes and optic nerve atrophy. Examination eight years later revealed an arteriovenous shunt in the peripheral retina.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)786-790
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1973
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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