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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0820103223.
Published online 2010 November 19. doi:  10.1136/bcr.08.2010.3223
PMCID: PMC3027418
Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury

Multiple vortex vein ampulla varicosities


Vortex vein ampulla varicosities are asymptomatic, harmless, findings in the retina. They are incidentally picked up on routine eye examination or when presenting for unrelated ocular symptoms. Clinicians and other eye care professionals unaware of this condition may be alarmed and may subject patients to unnecessary anxiety and expensive investigations. We present a rare case of varicosity of two vortex veins involving one quadrant of the retina. We have also shown simple clinical methods of establishing the diagnosis of vortex vein varicosity.

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