To describe multimodal imaging features of choroidal osteoma (CO) complicated by choroidal neovascularization (CNV) and focal choroidal excavation (FCE).
Patients presenting with CO and CNV between January and October 2016 were considered for this study. Diagnosis of CO was confirmed by ultrasound examination. All patients underwent multimodal imaging including optical coherence tomography (OCT), swept-source OCT angiography (DRI OCT Triton, Topcon, Inc., Tokyo, Japan) and fluorescein angiography (Spectralis HRA+OCT; Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany).
Two patients (one with bilateral CO) were included in the study. OCT showed a FCE in two eyes of two patients (one in correspondence of the CNV and the other adjacent to the CNV). OCT-A demonstrated presence of microvascular flow within neovascular network of the CNVs. Decalcification of the tumor was noted in correspondence of one eye with FCE.
FCE may be found in eyes with choroidal osteoma and CNV. OCT-A was a valuable tool for detection of CNV complicating choroidal osteoma. Decalcification of choroidal osteoma may represent a common pathogenic pathway for development of FCE and CNV in choroidal osteoma.
Choroidal osteoma (CO) is a rare benign ossifying tumor with mature bone replacing choroid and presenting as a yellow–orange lesion on fundus examination.1 Natural course of CO may include tumor growth, overlying alterations of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), subretinal fluid, decalcification and choroidal neovascularization (CNV).2 CNV is by far the most sight threatening complication of CO and may be related to tumor decalcification.2
Focal choroidal excavation (FCE) is a relatively recent optical coherence tomography (OCT) finding characterized by one or more focal areas of choroidal depression without any evidence of scleral ectasia or staphyloma.3, 4 Since originally reported,3 FCE etiology is still unclear. FCE has been reported in otherwise healthy eyes3, 4, 5 or in eyes presenting with a broad spectrum of chorioretinal diseases, including eyes with CNV.6, 7, 8
Aim of this study was to describe multimodal imaging features of CO complicated by CNV and FCE. We considered patients presenting with CO complicated by CNV between January and October 2016 at our department. Patients with any ocular conditions other than CO were excluded.
Diagnosis of CO was confirmed by ophthalmic standardized echography (A and B scan). When present, tumor decalcification was defined as pale areas within the osteoma showing loss of bone, RPE thinning and visibility of underlying choroidal vessels.2, 9
All patients underwent multimodal imaging, including fluorescein angiography (FA) and OCT angiography (OCT-A, DRI OCT Triton, Topcon, Inc., Tokyo, Japan). Two patients were included in the study.
A 40-year-old man presented with recent onset of metamorphopsia in the right eye (RE). He had history of bilateral CO, complicated by a FCE in the RE and a long-standing CNV in the left eye (LE), which had been treated with three intravitreal injections of ranibizumab. His medical history was otherwise unremarkable. Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 76 ETDRS letters (20/32 Snellen equivalent) in the RE with −3.00 sph and counting fingers in the LE.
OCT in the RE revealed a subretinal hyperreflective material in correspondence of the FCE. FA showed an active leaking CNV, which was well delineated on OCT-A (Figure 1). Three monthly intravitreal injections of ranibizumab in the RE were planned. One month after the third injection BCVA was stable, FA showed no leakage and no changes of FCE were noted on OCT.
A 29-year-old woman was referred for examination of a right long-standing CO complicated by CNV which had been treated with four intravitreal injections of ranibizumab. Clinical history was otherwise unremarkable. BCVA was 45 ETDRS letters (20/125 Snellen equivalent) with −2.75 sph in the RE and 83 letters (20/25 Snellen equivalent) with −2.25 sph in the LE.
Fundus examination in the RE showed a large CO. Around the optic disc, a pale area within the CO with visible underlying choroidal vessels was suggestive of decalcification of the CO.2, 9 Fundus autofluorescence and OCT showed loss of RPE in the decalcified area (Figure 2). FA showed a partly leaking subfoveal CNV whose boundaries were well delineated by OCT-A. OCT in the RE showed subretinal hyperreflective material associated with subretinal fluid. In correspondence of the decalcified area, a FCE was noted (Figure 2). One intravitreal injection of ranibizumab was planned. However the patient did not attend the injection clinic and was lost to follow-up.
In our series two eyes of two patients developed CNV in correspondence or in proximity of a FCE. This is not surprising as CNV has been reported to occur on the slope or the bottom of eyes with FCE.7, 8 Margolis et al4 classified FCE in conforming lesions, in which the overlying retina is close to the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), and nonconforming lesions in which a hyporeflective space is visible between the retina and RPE. He also hypothesized that FCE may be a congenital posterior segment malformation initially developing as a conforming lesion and subsequently progressing in a nonconforming lesion as a result of the progressive stress exerted on the outer retina by the initial FCE. Our case 1 was originally reported by Introini et al10 who first described the progression from conforming to nonconforming FCE in a case of bilateral CO. This progression was attributed to subclinical tumor decalcification (at that time CNV had not occurred in the eye with FCE).10 It is noteworthy that in our case 2 a FCE was noted in correspondence of the decalcified tumor and was adjacent to the CNV (Figure 2). Therefore it is possible that progressive decalcification of the tumor might have played a common pathogenetic role for development of CNV and FCE in these patients.
In this series, we used OCT-A which is able to image the different vascular networks of the retina and choroid in a dyeless fashion. Recent case reports have shown utility of OCT-A in detection of CNV in CO as compared to traditional contrast imaging angiography.11, 12 Also in our series OCT-A showed to be a valuable tool for detection of CNV complicating CO.
In summary, FCE may be associated with CNV in CO. Further studies are warranted to elucidate the relationship between FCE and CNV development in CO.
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Pierro, L., Marchese, A., Gagliardi, M. et al. Choroidal excavation in choroidal osteoma complicated by choroidal neovascularization. Eye 31, 1740–1743 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/eye.2017.136
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