Published: 2016-12-30

Steroid induced central serous retinopathy following follicular unit extraction in androgenic alopecia

Rakesh Tilak Raj, Rajnish Raj, Anuradha Raj


Dermatologists for various conditions and procedures commonly use corticosteroids worldwide. The development of central serous retinopathy is a lesser known complication occurring in <10% of the cases with steroid use. This case report highlights the development of central serous retinopathy after prescribing low dose of prednisolone 20 mg per day for androgenic alopecia during post-surgical follicular unit extraction (FUE) surgery follow-up that recovered spontaneously after gradual withdrawal of steroids. Therefore, awareness is required for its early detection and management as it has a potential of causing irreversible visual impairment.


Hair transplantation surgery, Optical coherence tomography, Central serous retinopathy, Prednisolone, Hamilton anxiety rating scale

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