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Birdshot Chorioretinopathy

Last updated Sept. 23, 2021

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy is defined as a rare and chronic type of posterior uveitis affecting both the eyes.


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  • Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy is defined as a rare and chronic type of posterior uveitis affecting both the eyes. It presents characteristic findings when examined under a fundoscope by a healthcare specialist. Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy falls into a category of disorders known as white dot syndromes
  • Uveitis is inflammation of the uvea, which is a part of the eye structure. The uvea is a pigmented layer that consists of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. Posterior uveitis is a condition involving the inflammation of the choroid
  • Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy results in signs and symptoms that include eye floaters, reduced vision, and color perception changes. It is a generally progressive condition that is observed in middle-aged and older adults
  • The cause of Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy is not well-known. However, it is known to be associated with certain conditions that include hypertension, glaucoma, skin cancers and skin disorders, and hearing loss
  • A healthcare provider can use various physical (eye) exams, blood tests, and imaging studies to diagnose Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy. Upon diagnosis, treatment options, such as steroids or immunomodulators, can be used to treat the condition. Some cases are known to get better on their own, even without treatment
  • The prognosis for Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy depends on each individual's signs and symptoms and may be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The condition can lead to permanent blindness, if it is left undiagnosed or untreated. Complications, such as glaucoma or choroidal neovascularization, can worsen the prognosis

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First uploaded: Aug. 17, 2017
Last updated: Sept. 23, 2021