Intraocular lymphoma presenting as retinal vasculitis

Sandra M. Brown, Lee M. Jampol*, Herbert L. Cantrill

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We describe two unusual young patients with intraocular lymphoma who presented clinically with "retinal vasculitis". Brain biopsy specimens in both showed an angiocentric pattern of lymphocytic infiltration. Immunohistochemical studies were positive for T-cell markers. Both the retinal and the brain blood vessels were thus a preferential site of appearance of the malignant T-cells. Both cases responded favorably to aggressive chemotherapy with long-term survival. In the world's literature, there are 57 cases of intraocular lymphoma in which cell surface-marker studies were performed; of these, 53% proved to be B-cell lymphomas and 21% to be T-cell lymphomas. As more cases of intraocular lymphoma are studied with cell-typing and as our histochemical techniques improve, a correlation between the systemic and ocular findings and the cell type may be revealed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-140
Number of pages8
JournalSurvey of ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


  • intraocular lymphoma
  • large-cell
  • lymphoma
  • masquerade syndrome
  • retinal vasculitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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