syphilitic retinopathy

syphilitic retinopathy

Etymology: L, rete, net; Gk, pathos, disease
an invasion of the retina and optic nerve by a spreading syphilis infection. Primary retinal lesions are associated with the blood vessels, and the choroid layer is often affected first. There may be occlusion of the retinal vessels.
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Syphilitic retinopathy may have sectorial or generalised pigmentation.