Septo-optic dysplasia with fovea plana: A case report

Eur J Ophthalmol. 2020 Sep;30(5):NP36-NP40. doi: 10.1177/1120672120934961. Epub 2020 Jun 12.


Septo-optic dysplasia (SOD) is characterized by optic nerve hypoplasia, pituitary gland hypoplasia, and midline abnormalities of the brain. The phenotype of SOD is highly heterogeneous, and the existence of at least two features is considered sufficient for diagnosis. Fovea plana is the absence of a foveal pit in the central fovea, and despite being a developmental abnormality of the fovea, good visual acuity may be retained in some individuals. In this case, a 12-year-old female presented to the ophthalmology clinic with the complaint of blurred vision in her right eye. In dilated fundus examination, optic disc hypoplasia and no foveal light reflex were seen. Magnetic resonance imaging and optical coherence tomography revealed optic nerve, brain midline, and foveal abnormalities. The patient was diagnosed as having SOD with optic nerve hypoplasia and septum pellucidum agenesis, and fovea plana. Both SOD and fovea plana are rare conditions, and there are several reports in the literature that separately describe their clinical features. The most important aspect of this case report is to reveal the unusual co-existence of SOD and fovea plana in a young patient.

Keywords: Abnormality; fovea plana; foveal hypoplasia; optic nerve hypoplasia; septo-optic dysplasia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Female
  • Fovea Centralis / diagnostic imaging
  • Fovea Centralis / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Optic Nerve Hypoplasia / complications*
  • Optic Nerve Hypoplasia / diagnostic imaging
  • Septo-Optic Dysplasia / complications*
  • Septo-Optic Dysplasia / diagnostic imaging
  • Septum Pellucidum / abnormalities*
  • Septum Pellucidum / diagnostic imaging
  • Septum Pellucidum / pathology
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence