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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 240607, 5 pages
Case Report

Acute Zonal Occult Outer Retinopathy: Vision Loss in an Active Duty Soldier

1Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, 650 Joel Drive, Fort Campbell, KY 42223, USA
2Winn Army Community Hospital, 1061 Harmon Avenue, Fort Stewart, GA 31315, USA
3Madigan Army Medical Center, 9040 Fitzsimmons Dr., Fort Lewis, WA 98433, USA

Received 5 November 2012; Revised 21 February 2013; Accepted 12 March 2013

Academic Editor: Marco A. Zarbin

Copyright © 2013 Courtney M. Crawford et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To describe a case of acute zonal occult outer retinopathy (AZOOR) in an active duty patient. Methods. In this paper we studied fundus photographs, optical coherence tomograph, Humphrey visual field 30-2, fundus autofluorescence images, fluorescein angiograms, and electroretinography. Results. Exam findings on presentation: a 34-year-old American Indian female presented with bilateral photopsias, early RPE irregularity, and an early temporal visual field defect. Progression RPE damage and visual field defect along with ERG findings support final diagnosis of AZOOR. Conclusion. AZOOR may initially be identified as a broader category of disease called the “AZOOR complex of disorders”. Specific visual field defects, ERG results, and clinical exam findings will help distinguish AZOOR from other similar disorders.