Jul 1, 1977

Pattern dystrophy of the pigment epithelium

American Journal of Ophthalmology
M F Marmor, B Byers


Three generations of a family showed alterations in the retinal pigment epithelium along with mild visual disturbance. Younger members had granular pigment dispersed beneath the fovea while older members showed a reticular pigment pattern. The electro-oculogram was subnormal in most affected individuals, but visual fields, color vision, dark adaptation, and the electroretinogram were normal. The pigmentary changes in these patients are similar to those seen in other pigment epithelial dystrophies such as reticular dystrophy and butterfly-shaped dystrophy. Until these disorders can be separated pathophysiologically, we suggest the definition of a more inclusive clinical term, "pattern dystrophies of the pigment epithelium.

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Pigment Epithelium
Reticular Dysgenesis
Pigment Epithelium of Eye
Color Vision
Visual Fields
Retinal Degeneration
Structure of Retinal Pigment Epithelium

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