Other Names for this Disease
- Geographic choroiditis
- Geographic helicoid peripapillary choroidopathy (GHPC)
- Geographic serpiginous choroiditis
- Peripapillary choriopathy
- Serpiginous choroidopathy
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There are a few treatment options for individuals with serpiginous choroiditis. Treatment may involve an anti-inflammatory medication, such as prednisone, or an immune system suppressing combination of prednisone, cyclosporine, and azathioprine. Additionally, the role of cyclosporine alone has been investigated. These treatments may be administered for a long period of time to prevent recurrences. A serious complication of serpiginous choroiditis is choroidal neovascularization. Laser photocoagulation or surgery may be helpful in some of these cases.
Last updated: 9/16/2013
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