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Can psittacosis cause macular degeneration and/ or

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Can psittacosis cause macular degeneration and/ or neuropathy
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr-Trace replied 5 years ago.
Dr-Trace :

Hi I am Dr. Trace and I will attempt to answer your question.

Dr-Trace :

After a search of the literature, I have found very little to show a relationship between psittacosis and macular degeneration.

Dr-Trace :

Certain bird born diseases like histoplasmosis, can present a retinal picture similar to macular degeneration, but psittacosis does not seem to create this same pathology.

Dr-Trace :

In terms of the neuropathy, yes, psittacosis can cause an encephalitis which may have symptoms of neuropathy as sequelae. I hope this answers your question.

Dr-Trace :

Let me know if I can be of any further help.

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