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Serpiginous choroiditis


Other Names for this Disease

  • Geographic choroiditis
  • Geographic helicoid peripapillary choroidopathy (GHPC)
  • Geographic serpiginous choroiditis
  • Peripapillary choriopathy
  • Serpiginous choroidopathy
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Your Question

A family member has been told he has serpiginous choroiditis. They tell us that there is no treatment for this disease, and that he will go blind. Is this true?

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Is there any treatment for serpiginous choroiditis?

There are a few treatment options for individuals with serpiginous choroiditis.[1][2][3] Treatment may involve an anti-inflammatory medication, such as prednisone, or an immune system suppressing combination of prednisone, cyclosporine, and azathioprine. Additionally, the role of cyclosporine alone has been investigated. These treatments may be administered for a long period of time to prevent recurrences. A serious complication of serpiginous choroiditis is choroidal neovascularization. Laser photocoagulation or surgery may be helpful in some of these cases.
Last updated: 9/16/2013

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Geographic choroiditis
  • Geographic helicoid peripapillary choroidopathy (GHPC)
  • Geographic serpiginous choroiditis
  • Peripapillary choriopathy
  • Serpiginous choroidopathy
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.