Fenestrated Sheen Macular Dystrophy: A New Autosomal Dominant Maculopathy

Francis E. O'donnell, Robert B. Welch

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A new, slowly progressive, autosomal dominant macular dystrophy was found in five patients from three generations of a family, with follow-up for as long as 27 years. The mild functional abnormalities of this dystrophy were roughly correlated with age; in the sixth decade of life, paracentral scotomatous areas were noted. The earliest ophthalmoscopic findings were present in a 4-year-old and consisted of a yellowish refractile sheen with red fenestrations within the sensory retina at the macula. By the third decade, an annular zone of hypopigmentation of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) appeared around the area of the sheen and progressively enlarged. Surrounding the annular zone of hypopigmentation and at its center was slightly hyperpigmented RPE (bull's-eye lesion). Fluorescein angiography showed no abnormalities in the sensory retina and intact perfusion of choriocapillaris.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1292-1296
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of ophthalmology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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