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Optical coherence tomography angiography in adult-onset foveomacular vitelliform dystrophy
  1. Giuseppe Querques1,2,
  2. Olivia Zambrowski1,
  3. Federico Corvi1,2,
  4. Alexandra Miere1,
  5. Oudy Semoun1,
  6. Mayer Srour1,
  7. Eric H Souied1
  1. 1Department of Ophthalmology, Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal de Créteil, Créteil, France
  2. 2Department of Ophthalmology, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Professor Giuseppe Querques, Department of Ophthalmology, Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal de Creteil, Universite Paris Est Creteil, 40 Avenue de Verdun, Creteil 94000, France; giuseppe.querques{at}


Purpose To describe structural features of eyes with adult-onset foveomacular vitelliform dystrophy (AFVD) on optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) and to evaluate the ability to detect the presence of choroidal neovascularisation (CNV).

Methods Consecutive patients presenting at the University Eye Clinic of Creteil with diagnosis of AFVD were included. All patients underwent a complete ophthalmological examination, including fundus autofluorescence, fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, spectral domain optical coherence tomography and OCT-A by Optovue RTVue XR Avanti.

Results Twenty-two eyes of 18 consecutive patients (8 women and 10 men; 68±12.8 years) were included. On OCT-A the presence of subretinal material leads to displacement of blood vessels at both the superficial and deep capillary plexuses of the retina. In one case, these vascular abnormalities were associated with long filamentous vessels running thorough the foveal avascular area. In all cases, a rarefaction of the choriocapillaris was also observed. In two eyes OCT-A distinctly disclosed the presence of a CNV secondary to AFVD while conventional imaging did not show clearly the neovascularisation due to masking effect of the subretinal vitelliform material.

Conclusions In patients with AFVD, OCT-A showed vascular network rarefaction with less blood vessels at the superficial and deep capillary plexuses, and the choriocapillaris layer. These vascular abnormalities may play a role in the pathogenesis or simply represent a consequence of material accumulation and reabsorption in AFVD. In two cases, the conventional imaging did not show clearly the neovascularisation due to masking effect of the subretinal vitelliform material, while OCT-A showed distinctly the CNV.

  • Imaging
  • Macula
  • Retina

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  • Contributors All the authors meet the ICMJE recommendations for authorship credit (substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data; drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; final approval of the version published; agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval This study was Institutional Review Board approved at the Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal de Creteil, Creteil, France.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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