BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To describe a case of histopathologic clinical correlation of sarcoidosis-related multifocal chorioretinitis in an elderly individual. METHODS: This is a single case report and review of the pertinent literature. A 72-year-old white woman with a history of asthma was referred with bilateral asymmetric low-grade chronic panuveitis with advancing peripheral punched-out chorioretinal lesions despite systemic corticosteroid treatment. RESULTS: Coalescent chorioretinal punched-out lesions on fundus examination in the more severely affected right eye did not respond to corticosteroid treatment, and the refractory nature resulted in a suspicion of intraocular lymphoma despite a previous inconclusive diagnostic vitrectomy result. A transvitreal chorioretinal biopsy in the vitrectomized eye demonstrated a chorioretinal noncaseating granuloma centered on the choriocapillaris and invading Bruch membrane and the outer retina. This case illustrates an example of the second peak of incidence in sarcoidosis that can occur in ages >50 in Caucasians and Japanese patients, as well as a tendency to develop chronic disease in Caucasians, and to have extrapulmonary sarcoidosis in the elderly. CONCLUSION: This case emphasizes the differences in presentation of ocular sarcoid in older Caucasian women as well as the histopathologic findings in multifocal peripheral chorioretinitis associated with sarcoidosis.
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