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Retinal arterial plaques in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

DOI: 10.4081/cp.2012.e31

Keywords: AIDS , microangiopathy , retinal plaques.

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The authors report the unusual observation discrete plaque like excrescencies along the retinal arterial wall in a young patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Though bilateral, in the right eye there was severe arteriolar narrowing and so these plaques were less identifiable. Fluorescein angiography did not reveal any arteriolar occlusion or areas of capillary occlusion in both eyes. There were no other signs of HIV associated microangiopathy and the patient did not have any concurrent cardiovascular or hematological abnormality. The cause of these plaques remains unexplained and we conjecture that they could represent macro immunecomplex deposition along the arteriolar walls.


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