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Open Access Case report

Bilateral neuro-retinitis following chick embryo cell anti-rabies vaccination – a case report

Rohit Saxena, Harinder Singh Sethi*, Harminder Kumar Rai and Vimla Menon

Author Affiliations

Dr. R. P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 110029, India

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BMC Ophthalmology 2005, 5:20  doi:10.1186/1471-2415-5-20

Published: 17 August 2005



The Optic nerve is rarely involved after sheep brain anti-rabies vaccination in the form of retrobulbar neuritis or papillitis. Bilateral neuroretinitis after chick embryo cell antirabies vaccination has not been reported.

Case presentation

We report the case of a 56 year old male who developed bilateral neuro-retinitis following three injections of antirabies vaccine prepared from the chick embryo.


The chick embryo cell antirabies vaccine can cause bilateral neuroretinits which has not been reported previously.