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Atypical presentation of syphilitic uveitis associated with Kyrieleis plaques
  1. R Krishnamurthy,
  2. E T Cunningham, Jr
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, USA
  1. E T Cunningham, Jr, West Coast Retina Medical Group, Inc., 185 Berry Street, Lobby 5, Suite 130, San Francisco, CA 94107-1739, USA; emmett_cunningham{at}

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Ocular syphilis can present in many ways,1 especially in patients infected with HIV. The protean posterior segment manifestations include necrotising retinitis, retinal vascular occlusion, chorioretinitis, neuroretinitis and exudative retinal detachment.2 Nodular periarteritis, or Kyrieleis plaques, are a well-recognised finding in patients with toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis,3 but have only been reported in one previous case of syphilis. We describe the clinical presentation and treatment of an HIV-seropositive patient who developed Kyrieleis plaques in the setting of diffuse uveitis and syphilitic retinitis.

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  • Funding: Supported in part by the San Francisco Retinal Foundation and the Pacific Vision Foundation.

  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • Patient consent: Obtained.

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