HLA-A29-positive Birdshot Chorioretinopathy in a Hispanic Patient

Dina Baddar, Debra A. Goldstein*

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Purpose: To report the first documented case of HLA-A29+ birdshot chorioretinopathy in a Hispanic patient. Case description: A 62-year-old female from Mexico presented with a 15-year history of progressive nyctalopia, floaters, and decreasing vision. She carried multiple previous diagnoses, including posterior vitreous detachment and macular edema. Both fundi showed characteristic creamy ill-defined lesions of birdshot chorioretinopathy, mostly atrophic, with evidence of old periphlebitis and arteriolar attenuation. Bilateral macular atrophy resulted in compromised visual acuity. Workup revealed positive HLA-A29 and was negative for TB and syphilis. Conclusion: Despite having been reported almost exclusively in non-Hispanic Caucasians, HLA-A29-positive birdshot chorioretinopathy may occur in Hispanic patients. This patient's ethnicity may have resulted in a significant delay in diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-112
Number of pages3
JournalOcular Immunology and Inflammation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016


  • Birdshot
  • HLA A29
  • race
  • retinochoroidopathy
  • uveitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Immunology and Allergy


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