PEripapillary pachychoroid syndrome

Nopasak Phasukkijwatana, K. Bailey Freund, Rosa Dolz-Marco, Mayss Al-Sheikh, Pearse A. Keane, Catherine A. Egan, Sandeep Randhawa, Jay M. Stewart, Qingyun Liu, Alex P. Hunyor, Allan Kreiger, Aaron Nagiel, Robert Lalane, Mansour Rahimi, Won Ki Lee, Lee M. Jampol, David Sarraf*

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Purpose: To describe the features of peripapillary pachychoroid syndrome (PPS), a novel pachychoroid disease spectrum (PDS) entity. Methods: Medical records of 31 eyes (16 patients) with choroidal thickening associated with intraretinal and/or subretinal fluid in the nasal macula extending from the disk were reviewed (patients with PPS). Choroidal thickness was compared with 2 age-matched cohorts: typical PDS (17 eyes with central serous chorioretinopathy or pachychoroid neovasculopathy) and 19 normal eyes. Results: The patients with PPS were 81%men aged 71 ± 7 years. Peripapillary pachychoroid syndrome eyes displayed thicker nasal versus temporal macular choroids, unlike PDS eyes with thicker temporal macular choroids (P, 0.0001). Peripapillary intraretinal and/or subretinal fluid was often overlying dilated Haller layer vessels (pachyvessels). Fundus autofluorescence and fluorescein angiography illustrated peripapillary pigmentary mottling without focal leakage. Most PPS eyes (70%) exhibited other PDS findings including serous pigment epithelial detachment or gravitational tracks. Indocyanine green angiography illustrated dilated peripapillary pachyvessels and choroidal hyperpermeability. The disk was usually crowded, with edema noted in 4/31 (13%) eyes and mild late fluorescein disk leakage identified in half of the cases. Choroidal folds (77%), short axial lengths (39% less than 23 mm), and hyperopia (86%) were common. Conclusion: Peripapillary pachychoroid syndrome is a distinct PDS variant, in which peripapillary choroidal thickening is associated with nasal macular intraretinal and/or subretinal fluid and occasional disk edema. Recognition of PPS is important to distinguish it from disorders with overlapping features such as posterior uveitis and neuro-ophthalmologic conditions. RETINA 38: 1652-1667, 2018.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1652-1667
Number of pages16
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2018


  • Central serous chorioretinopathy
  • Choroidal folds
  • Choroidal thickness
  • Optic disk edema
  • Pachychoroid disease spectrum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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