Macular vasculopathy and its evolution in incontinentia pigmenti

M. F. Goldberg, W. Tasman, E. Raab, W. R. Green

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Purpose: To describe macular vasculopathy in incontinentia pigmenti. Methods: Twelve baby girls with incontinentia pigmenti were examined under general anesthesia by fluorescein angiography of the macula. Nine eyes of 9 patients had sufficient detail to allow evaluation of capillary changes. Angiography was initiated as early as 3 months of age and was repeated in 7 eyes at 3- to 12-month intervals. Changes in capillary patterns were identified. Results: Irregularly enlarged or distorted foveal avascular zones were noted in all 9 maculas. Sparseness of the perifoveolar capillary bed was a characteristic finding. Sequential macular angiography demonstrated nonprogressive (stable) capillary closure in 2 eyes; progressive closure in another macula; progressive closure plus addition or reopening of macular capillaries in 3 eyes; and central retinal artery occlusion, with cherry-red spot formation, in 1 eye at 12 days of age. In addition, progressive tractional detachment of the macula occurred in 2 of these eyes, and progressive macular neovascularization occurred in 1 eye. Conclusions: Macular ischemia is characteristic of incontinentia pigmenti and is often progressive. It is the initiating event of a typical vasculopathy, characterized by capillary remodelling and, occasionally, by neovascularization and tractional detachment of the retina.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-72
Number of pages18
JournalTransactions of the American Ophthalmological Society
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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