Utility of ocular ultrasonography in diagnosing infectious endophthalmitis in patients with media opacities.

Kohanim S, Daniels AB, Huynh N, Eliott D, Chodosh J
Semin Ophthalmol. 2012 27 (5-6): 242-5

PMID: 23163283 · DOI:10.3109/08820538.2012.711417

Assessment of patients with infectious endophthalmitis is frequently limited by media opacities, and ocular ultrasonography is routinely performed in this setting. We examined the literature to assess the level of evidence for the utility of ocular ultrasonography in these patients. Common ultrasonographic findings reported include low amplitude mobile echoes, vitreous membranes, and thickening of the retina and choroid. Based on the available evidence, we conclude that ocular ultrasound may be a useful adjunct in guiding treatment and minimizing complications. While positive findings may be confirmatory in cases in which the clinical suspicion is high, ocular ultrasound alone cannot be used to prove or to exclude the diagnosis of infectious endophthalmitis.

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Choroid Endophthalmitis Eye Diseases Eye Infections Humans Hypertrophy Retina Ultrasonography Vitreous Body

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