Jarrett B, Secko M. Choroid detachment, a rare cause of vision loss diagnosed by point-of-care ultrasound. J Emerg Med. 2017 Apr;52(4):527-529.
Choroid detachment is a rare disease process that has a multitude of etiologies; usually related to recent ophthalmological surgery, eye trauma, corneal ulcers, or intraocular pressure-lowering agents. Point-of-care ocular ultrasound has high utility and accuracy in diagnosing pathology of the eye.
We present a case of a patient who presented with vision loss caused by a choroid detachment diagnosed on point-of-care ultrasound because fundoscopic examination was limited due to cataracts. Ultrasound findings based on location and appearance during both static and dynamic evaluation that help differentiate a choroid vs. a retinal detachment are also described.
Why Should an Emergency Physician be Aware of This?
Choroid detachments have a different sonographic appearance, as well as management, compared to a retinal detachment.
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SonoSim Keywords: Ultrasound Education, Choroid Detachment, Point-of-Care Ultrasonography