Autosomal dominant neovascular inflammatory vitreoretinopathy

Ophthalmology. 1990 Sep;97(9):1125-35; discussion 1135-6. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(90)32447-8.


Twenty-eight of 61 members of a six-generation family are affected by an autosomal dominant eye disease which has not been described previously. Affected patients are asymptomatic in early adulthood, but have vitreous cells and the selective loss of the b-wave on the electroretinogram. Later, peripheral retinal scarring and pigmentation, peripheral arteriolar closure, and neovascularization of the peripheral retina at the ora serrata or occasionally neovascularization of the optic disc develop. Cystoid macular edema, vitreous hemorrhage, tractional retinal detachment, and neovascular glaucoma can cause profound visual loss. Vitrectomy reduces traction on the retina and allows for retinal reattachment. The role of argon laser photocoagulation or cryopexy in reducing the neovascular complications remains uncertain.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Electroretinography
  • Female
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Genes, Dominant*
  • Humans
  • Light Coagulation
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pedigree
  • Retinal Diseases / genetics*
  • Retinal Diseases / physiopathology
  • Retinal Neovascularization / genetics*
  • Retinal Neovascularization / physiopathology
  • Visual Acuity
  • Vitrectomy