Progressive outer retinal necrosis syndrome (PORN) is a severe clinical variant of necrotizing herpetic chorioretinitis, which occurs almost exclusively in patients with advanced acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). To date, only a few cases of PORN have been reported in patients, mostly among those who were immunocompromised. To our knowledge, only one case of PORN in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has been described. We report the case of a 44-year old HIV-negative patient with lupus nephritis, whom was being treated by mycophenolate mophetil (MMF), arechin and prednisone. After 14 months of MMF therapy, the patient revealed PORN symptoms; and several months later, the patient developed Type B primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL). PORN is usually compared to acute retinal necrosis (ARN) syndrome, because of having the same causative agent: varicella zoster virus (VZV). There are also some similarities in clinical findings. Our observation supports the hypothesis that PORN symptoms in HIV-negative patients can be an intermediate form between ARN and PORN, and can vary according to the patient’s immune status.
Progressive outer retinal necrosis syndrome in the course of systemic lupus erythematosus.