The unfaithful neuritis

Luca De Simone, Francesco Pellegrini, Daniele Cirone, Luca Cimino, Julie Falardeau

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A 55-year-old man with a history of mantle cell lymphoma reported acute blurred vision in the right eye. Although initially diagnosed with acute retrobulbar optic neuritis, 3 weeks later retinal infiltrates and vitritis developed, but vitrectomy resulted negative for vitreoretinal lymphoma. Further investigation revealed a serology positive for syphilis. This case highlights the role of the ophthalmologist in the diagnosis of syphilis, which is able to mimick multiple eye disorders, optic neuritis, and vitreoretinal lymphoma among others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)875-879
Number of pages5
JournalSurvey of Ophthalmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018


  • mottled retinitis
  • optic neuritis
  • syphilis
  • vitreoretinal lymphoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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