Cryptococcus gattii endogenous chorioretinitis

Keirnan L. Willett, Lauren A. Dalvin, Bobbi S. Pritt, Madiha Fida, Mary J. Kasten, Timothy W. Olsen

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Purpose: To present a case of subretinal abscess associated with pneumonia and meningitis caused by Cryptococcus gattii in an immunocompetent host. Observations: A 37-year-old man presented with sub-acute painless unilateral vision loss and a white submacular elevation. Systemic evaluation revealed a lung lesion and cerebrospinal fluid evidence of Cryptococcus gattii infection. Conclusions and importance: While Crypococcus neoformans has been well described as a cause of chorioretinitis in immunocompetent and immunocompromised hosts, this report demonstrates that Cryptocuccus gattii is a related uncommon pathogen to be considered in similar presentations. Submacular surgical debridement may be challenging and OCT imaging may be helpful to detect full-thickness retinal necrosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101283
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • Chorioretinitis
  • Cryptococcus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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