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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Choroidal osteoma

Contributor: Jesse Vislisel, MD

Photographer: Brice Critser

Choroidal osteomas are benign neoplasms in which areas of the choroid are replaced with mature bone. The tumors are most commonly solitary, unilateral, and juxtapapillary in location which helps differentiate them from idiopathic sclerochoroidal calcification. They appear clinically as ovoid subretinal lesions, ranging from yellow-white to orange-red in color, sometimes with overlying pigmentary changes. This photograph shows an individual with a choroidal osteoma beneath the macula in the right eye. The OCT scan portrays a highly-reflective lesion at the level of the choroid with associated subretinal fluid. The A-scan shows the high reflectivity of the mass. The B-scan reveals the extent of the highly echogenic lesion and the associated acoustic shadowing which is characteristic for these tumors.

To learn more about choroidal osteomas, read the EyeRounds case report.

Choroidal osteoma

OCT of above



Other choroidal osteoma images

Contributor: Glen Bianchi, MD and Andrew Doan, MD, PhD, University of Iowa

submitted 2004

choroidal osteoma

Contributor: Andrew Doan, MD, PhD, and Tom Fisher, University of Iowa

submitted 2004

choroidal osteoma

Note shadowing on B-scan


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last updated: 09/02/2014
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