Giant Idiopathic Angioid Streaks


Purpose: To present a case of gigantic idiopathic angioid streaks.

Case Report: A young male presented with macular choroidal neovascular membrane (CNVM) and peripheral retinal hemorrhages secondary to angioid streaks. Swept source optical coherence tomography (SSOCT) and ultrawide field imaging were performed. The latter revealed extension of the angioid streaks up to the equator in both eyes. SSOCT showed breaks in the retinal pigment epithelium-Bruch’s membrane complex in the area of peripheral retinal hemorrhages. The patient was extensively worked up for systemic associations, and the only significant finding was a long history of steroid abuse in the past.

Conclusion: Advanced imaging techniques helped to diagnose angioid streaks in this patient. The possible role of steroid abuse in accentuating the presentation of angioid streaks may be explored further.


Angioid Streak, Choroidal Neovascular Membrane, Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum, Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography

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