A 49-year-old woman had a few small drusen-like lesions and one larger area of depigmentation in the right fundus. The pinpoint lesions corresponded to single enlarged retinal pigment epithelial cells with lipid accumulation and the larger area represented a small, localized retinal pigment epithelial detachment (soft druse). Lipoidal degeneration of individual retinal pigment epithelial cells may be a mechanism of nodular drusen formation. The soft druse was associated with thickening of the basement membrane of the retinal pigment epithelium.
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