Bilateral Exudative Retinal Detachment as a Presenting Sign of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) can present with various ocular complications but exudative retinal detachment is a rare complication. A 36-year-old healthy young adult male presented with gradual decrease in the vision in both eyes over nearly 2 weeks. His best-corrected visual acuities were 20/50 and 20/25 at distance and N12 and N10 at near in the right and left eyes, respectively. Fluorescein angiography and optical coherence topography indicated bilateral exudative retinal detachment. Systemic workup revealed a marked increase in the number of white blood cells with 30% blast cells and immunophenotyping revealed common acute lymphoblastic leukemia-associated antigen (CALLA) positive precursor B-cell lymphoblastic leukemia. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tap was negative. The patient started systemic chemotherapy and steroids. Bilateral exudative retinal detachment may be a presenting sign of acute lymphoblastic leukemiaALL in an otherwise healthy young adult. Clinicians should be aware of the possibility of leukemia in such patients. A simple blood investigation such as complete blood profile confirms the diagnosis.

DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.102762

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@inproceedings{Chinta2012BilateralER, title={Bilateral Exudative Retinal Detachment as a Presenting Sign of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia}, author={Supriya Chinta and Padmaja Kumari Rani and Uma Manusani}, booktitle={Middle East African journal of ophthalmology}, year={2012} }