Autosomal dominant Stargardt-like macular dystrophy

Surv Ophthalmol. 2001 Sep-Oct;46(2):149-63. doi: 10.1016/s0039-6257(01)00251-x.


Autosomal dominant Stargardt-like macular dystrophy is one of the early onset macular dystrophies. It is characterized clinically in its early stages by visual loss and by the presence of atrophic macular changes with or without the presence of yellowish flecks. It is an important retinal dystrophy to study, not only because it has implications in the care and treatment of patients with the condition, but because it also provides important information regarding retinal function. Review of the literature suggests that many of the reported families are linked to chromosome 6q. Genetic and genealogical evidence suggests that these families have descended from a common ancestor or founder. The recent identification of a disease-causing gene that is involved in fatty acid metabolism may have implications in the study of the more common age-related macular degeneration. We review the recent clinical, genetic, and genealogical aspects of autosomal dominant Stargardt-like macular dystrophy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 6 / genetics
  • Eye Proteins / genetics
  • Female
  • Genes, Dominant
  • Humans
  • Macular Degeneration / genetics*
  • Male
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics
  • Pedigree


  • ELOVL4 protein, human
  • Eye Proteins
  • Membrane Proteins