Potential Treatment for Peripapillary Pachychoroid Syndrome

Alexander B Pothof, Pedro Fernández-Avellaneda, Francine Behar-Cohen, José P Martinez Ciriano, Suzanne Yzer

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PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to describe the effect of topical prednisolone on intraretinal fluid in patients with peripapillary pachychoroid syndrome.

METHODS: We selected 11 consecutive patients (17 eyes) with a diagnosis of peripapillary pachychoroid syndrome, who were treated with topical prednisolone (Pred Forte [PF] 10 mg/mL) three times daily for 4 weeks. We tapered off PF among patients who demonstrated a reduction of intraretinal fluid.

RESULTS: Of the included 17 eyes, the average follow-up before PF treatment ranged from 6 to 192 months, during which patients experienced no apparent reduction of intraretinal fluid. The baseline mean best-corrected VA (BCVA) was 0.6 (20/33) Snellen. The median subfoveal and peripapillary choroidal thickness were 430 µm and 202 µm, respectively. All patients showed an initial reduction of intraretinal fluid after 4 weeks of topical prednisolone. Six patients (35%) experienced a prolonged reduction of intraretinal fluid when the dosage was reduced to once daily. On tapering off PF, four eyes (24%) experienced a recurrence of intraretinal fluid. Four eyes (24%) experienced elevated intraocular pressure above 26 mmHg. In two eyes, PF was discontinued, on which intraretinal fluid reappeared. The BCVA seemed to be improved in 9 eyes (53%) and remained equal in 4 eyes (24%).

CONCLUSION: In this case series of patients with peripapillary pachychoroid syndrome, we observed a reduction of peripapillary intraretinal fluid after treatment with topical prednisolone for 4 weeks in all 17 eyes. The disappearance of intraretinal fluid seemed to concede with a slight improvement in BCVA for some cases. Thus, topical prednisolone may prove to be a viable treatment option in peripapillary pachychoroid syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-429
Number of pages5
JournalRetinal cases & brief reports
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023


  • prednisolone
  • peripapillary pachychoroid syndrome


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