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Hyperviscosity retinopathy secondary to polyclonal gammopathy in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

Authors
  • Sarnat, R L
  • Jampol, L M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ophthalmology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1986
Volume
93
Issue
1
Pages
124–127
Identifiers
PMID: 3951809
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A patient with rheumatoid arthritis developed retinal venous stasis as part of a hyperviscosity syndrome secondary to a polyclonal gammopathy. Ocular findings included bilateral retinal venous dilation, disc hyperemia, optociliary venous collaterals, and left macular edema. This clinical picture improved following systemic corticosteroid therapy. Although occasional cases of rheumatoid polyclonal gammopathy causing hyperviscosity have been described in the rheumatology literature, this case represents the first detailed ophthalmological documentation of this occurrence.

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