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The Many Faces of Ocular Toxoplasmosis Ocular toxoplasmosis frequently exhibits variable clinical presentations, which can present an added diagnostic challenge. Note the presence of a retinitis located adjacent to a large chorioretinal scar. Ocular toxoplasmosis occurs as a consequence of Toxoplasma gondii infection.
Here, we present three serologically confirmed cases of ocular toxoplasmosis and discuss the variable——and sometimes complex——clinical picture, including diagnostic and management strategies.
Patient 1 A year-old black male presented with a chief complaint of floaters in his left eye that had persisted for three weeks.
His medical history was remarkable for type 2 diabetes, which was controlled with oral medications. Intraocular pressure measured 12mm Hg O. We identified several cells in the left vitreous. A dilated fundus examination revealed healthy optic nerves.
Additionally, his right retina was unremarkable.
In the left eye, however, we noted the presence of a retinitis that was located adjacent to a large chorioretinal scar figure 1. We also detected a dilated retinal vein with associated superficial hemorrhages O.
What do you notice? Patient 2 An year-old white male presented with decreased vision in his right eye. His medical history was unremarkable, and his ocular history revealed possible evidence of an old infection O.
His intraocular pressure measured 21mm Hg O. We documented panuveitis in his right eye. Both optic nerve heads appeared healthy. However, there was an active retinochoroiditis with associated vitreous cells located temporal to the right fovea.
Chorioretinal anastomosis was noted below the lesion. In addition, we identified a small chorioretinal scar that was associated with a neurosensory detachment located inferior to the right fovea figure 2. Patient 3 A year-old white female presented with a painful left eye. She informed us that the pain began four days earlier, and was accompanied by photophobia.
Her ocular and medical histories were unremarkable. The fundus exam of his left eye right revealed the presence of a hemorrhagic retinal vasculitis as well as a chorioretinal scar.
The anterior segment examination revealed several pigmented keratic precipitates, as well as cells and flare O. Intraocular pressure measured 18mm Hg O. A dilated fundus examination of the right eye did not reveal any anomalous findings.
However, her left eye exhibited a moderate amount of vitreous cells. On optical coherence tomography OCTwe were able to further evaluate the vitreous cells as well as uncover the presence of an accompanying posterior vitreous detachment O. Additionally, we documented an inferonasal midperipheral hemorrhagic vasculitis with an associated chorioretinal scar in her left eye figure 4.
The life cycle of T. Once the parasite is ingested by a cat the primary hostit multiplies and is released into the feline feces. Once the intermediate host is exposed to the infected feces, the T. Humans may acquire it by direct contact with infected feces e. The risk of infection is significantly greater if the person has a compromised immune system e.
Once infected, such high-risk individuals often experience a subsequent reactivation of a T. Also, it is important to note that there are rare case reports of patients becoming infected via blood transfusion or organ transplantation.
Depending on when the fetus becomes infected, the disease may manifest with mild to severe signs and symptoms. Infection early in pregnancy typically leads to a more severe clinical presentation.
Individuals with ocular toxoplasmosis may present with myriad signs and symptoms. These include decreased vision, floaters, pain or ocular redness. On the other hand, Patient 3 presented with a painful, red eye. The hallmark clinical finding of ocular toxoplasmosis is a retinochoroiditis.
Characteristically, it appears as a fluffy, white or yellowish fundus lesion with overlying vitreous cells Patient 2.The History of Toxoplasma gondii—The First Years JITENDER P. DUBEY1 United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Animal and Natural Resources Institute, Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory, Building , Beltsville, Maryland ABSTRACT.
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Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by Toxoplasma gondii. Infections with toxoplasmosis usually cause no obvious symptoms in adults. Occasionally, people may have a few weeks or months of mild, flu-like illness such as muscle aches and tender lymph nodes. In a small number of people, eye problems may develop.
In those with a weak immune system, severe symptoms such as seizures and . Toxoplasmosis, infection of tissue cells of the central nervous system, spleen, liver, and other organs by a parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. Infection occurs in domestic and wild animals, birds, and humans and is worldwide in distribution.