April 2010
Volume 51, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   April 2010
Three Generation Family With Pattern Dystrophy and a Successful Treatment of Subfoveal Cnv Related to Pattern Dystrophy With Anti-vegf Intravitreal Injections
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • V. Vaclavik
    Hopital Optalmique Jules Gonin, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • F. L. Munier
    Hopital Optalmique Jules Gonin, Lausanne, Switzerland
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    Commercial Relationships  V. Vaclavik, None; F.L. Munier, None.
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science April 2010, Vol.51, 3092. doi:
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      V. Vaclavik, F. L. Munier; Three Generation Family With Pattern Dystrophy and a Successful Treatment of Subfoveal Cnv Related to Pattern Dystrophy With Anti-vegf Intravitreal Injections. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2010;51(13):3092.

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Purpose: : To phenotype a large 3 generation Swiss family with pattern dystrophy and to report a successful result of treatment with ranibizumab of a subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) associated with pattern dystrophy in 1 patientPatients and

Methods: : 4 affected and 3 unaffected patients (3 female 4 male, age range: 19 - 80 years) were assessed with a complete ophthalmologic examination. AF images were taken using Heidelberg Retina Angiograph and the digital color photos, fluorescein angiogragraphy (FFA) using the same TOPCON 501 camera. Electroretinogram (full-field and multifocal) was performed in 1 affected patient. One 48 years old patient developed a subfoveal CNV, which was treated with 2 injections of ranibizumab, at 3 months interval. Blood sample was taken for molecular analysis (screening of the gene RDS).

Results: : Two patients had a typical fundoscopic appearance of pattern dystrophy with butterfly shaped deposit at the fovea and some peripheral flecks, as shown with AF imaging.. Two others affected patients had a more unusual appearance with some macular atrophy in one or both eyes, surrounded by flecks. The visual acuity ranged from 1.0 to 0.1 according to Snellen EDTRS chart. The patient with subfoveal CNV presented a drop of vision form 1.0 to 0.6 within 10 days prior to the diagnosis and also reported some metamorphopsia. FFA and optical computerized tomography (OCT) confirmed a classic CNV. After the 1st injection her vision improved to 1.0 but persistent metamorphopsia and fluid on OCT motivated a second injection. One month after the second injection the OCT was flat and the patient had no symptoms. The results of RDS screening will be presented at the meeting.

Conclusions: : We present a family with pattern dystrophy, with some members having an unusual fundus appearance, which was mistaken for an early onset dry AMD. The AF imaging is a useful tool in diagnosing this condition. A CNV associated with pattern dystrophy a rare. This is the first report of a successful treatment of the CNV with anti-VEGF intravitreal injections.

Keywords: retinal degenerations: hereditary • choroid: neovascularization • neovascularization 

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