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Serpiginous choroiditis


Other Names for this Disease

  • Geographic choroiditis
  • Geographic helicoid peripapillary choroidopathy (GHPC)
  • Geographic serpiginous choroiditis
  • Peripapillary choriopathy
  • Serpiginous choroidopathy
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Your Question

My mother was diagnosed with serpiginous choroiditis. Can my sibling or I inherit it? Should we go to the doctor?

Our Answer

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What causes serpiginous choroiditis?

The cause of serpiginous choroiditis is unknown.[1][2] Speculation exists regarding an association with exposure to various toxic compounds and/or infectious agents.[1][3] Some researchers believe the condition is related to an organ-specific autoimmune inflammatory process.[4]
Last updated: 12/8/2014

Can I inherit serpiginous choroiditis if my mother has the condition?

No familial predillection or propensity has been described.[5][4]
Last updated: 9/16/2013

My mother has been diagnosed with serpiginous choroiditis. Should my sibling and I be evaluated for this condition?

While serpiginous choroiditis does not appear to be genetic, you should share your family history with your eye doctor and have your vision evaluated periodically or if you develop any new symptoms.
Last updated: 9/16/2013

References
Other Names for this Disease
  • Geographic choroiditis
  • Geographic helicoid peripapillary choroidopathy (GHPC)
  • Geographic serpiginous choroiditis
  • Peripapillary choriopathy
  • Serpiginous choroidopathy
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.