97th DOG Annual Meeting 1999
IDIOPATHIC PARAFOVEOLAR RETINAL TELANGIECTASIS -
RESULTS OF A SIX YEARS OBSERVATION
A. Petzold, P. Lommatzsch
The term of retinal telangiectasis was introduced by Reese 1956 (1). It describes a retinal vascular disease of unknown cause which can be divided into different groups. The main symptoms of this disease are dilatation of macular capillaries, lipid exudates, macular edema, focal hyperplasia of the retinal pigment epithelium and finally subretinal neo-vascularization.
Patients: We diagnosed parafoveolar telangiectasia in five patients (one female and four male at the age of 35 to 69 years) who could be observed between 1993 and 1998. In one case a central retinal vein occlusion developed 2 years after diagnosis.
Results: We present photographs of the fundus and fluorescein angiograms and discuss how to differentiate these findings from other retinal angiopathies.
Conclusion: Parafoveolar telangiectasis is a disease of the capillary system of the macula which should be distinguished from other retinal vascular diseases for example age related macular degeneration.
1. Reese, AB: Am J Ophthalmol 42:1-8, 1956
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