Further observations on a bilateral IRVAN syndrome case

  • Álvaro Rodríguez
  • Willy Carpio-Rosso
  • Francisco J. Rodríguez
Case Report



Reporting clinical features of the late course of the disease after long-term follow-up in a bilaterally affected patient with idiopathic retinitis, vasculitis, retinal aneurysms and neuroretinitis (IRVAN) and new peripheral retinal findings on wide-field angiography and multimodal imaging.


This was a retrospective observational study, based on current diagnostic studies including wide-field fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography (OCT) and treatment of aneurysms with argon laser photocoagulation.


A 21-year-old female with bilateral IRVAN syndrome—stage 2 in the right eye and stage 3 in the left eye—previously treated bilaterally with laser photocoagulation for retinal macroaneurysms and ischemic areas between 1985 and 1992. Follow-up interrupted on two occasions, with subsequent fundus re-examinations confirming the prevention of retinal neovascularization in both eyes, as recently evidenced on wide-field angiography.


A case of bilateral IRVAN disease with multiple retinal aneurysms, neuroretinitis and peripheral capillary nonperfusion successfully treated with laser photocoagulation, maintaining normal visual acuity in one eye and preventing retinal neovascular complications.


Retinal aneurysms Uveitis Vasculitis Neuroretinitis Wide-field angiography 



We thank to Jean J Delaey MD and Rosario Camacho for draft manuscript review. Also thanks to Marcela Valencia MD, Claudia Castaño, Claudia Rojas and Julieth Cortés for their collaboration.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Informed consent

Other methods of treatment, currently available, can be used for comparison, if required. Written informed consent was obtained from the patient for publication of this bilateral case report and the accompanying images.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Álvaro Rodríguez
    • 1
    • 2
  • Willy Carpio-Rosso
    • 1
    • 2
  • Francisco J. Rodríguez
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Fundación Oftalmológica NacionalBogotá D.C.Colombia
  2. 2.Universidad del RosarioBogotá D.C.Colombia

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