Uveal coloboma: about 3 cases at the University Teaching Hospital, Yaounde, Cameroon

Pan Afr Med J. 2016 Jul 8;24:201. doi: 10.11604/pamj.2016.24.201.9770. eCollection 2016.


Uveal coloboma is a rare eye malformation caused by failure of the optic fissure to close during the fifth to seventh weeks of foetal life. The risk of retinal detachment increases with age in colobomatous eyes. Preventive measures such as early detection of the retinal break, prophylactic laser photocoagulation along the coloboma margin, confer a significant benefit in reducing this risk of retinal detachment. Difficulties linked to the diagnosis and management of uveal colobomas in developing countries setting are presented in this study.

Keywords: Uveal coloboma; congenital eye malformation; retinal detechment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cameroon
  • Child
  • Coloboma / complications
  • Coloboma / diagnosis*
  • Coloboma / pathology
  • Female
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Retinal Detachment / etiology
  • Retinal Detachment / prevention & control*
  • Uvea / abnormalities*