Retinal Infiltrate

  • Local inflammation of retina
  • Consists of inflammatory cells, dead retinal tissue, and perhaps micro-organisms
  • Causes are infection with toxoplasmosis, herpes viruses, fungi, or bacteria, or non-infectious inflammation by sarcoidosis and other autoimmune disorders
  • Interpret this as sign of infection or autoimmune reaction and refer urgently to ophthalmologist
  • Some retinal infections, like those caused by herpes viruses, spread quickly to destroy retina unless treated vigorously