1. History
  2. Exam
  3. Photos
  4. Diagnosis
  5. Teaching Points

Case 25 Teaching Points

  • Many different types of retinitis pigmentosa
  • May present in childhood or adulthood
  • Autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive and x-linked inheritance patterns
  • Can be associated with systemic disorders (Usher, Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Beidel, Kearns-Sayre syndromes)
  • Electroretinogram is gold standard for diagnosis
  • Dark adaptation, Goldmann perimetry, and color testing are useful in assessing visual function
  • Molecular genetic diagnostic testing can be offered to some patients detected with the disease. It may help identify family members and types of retinitis pigmentosa


Berson EL. Retinitis pigmentosa: the Friedenwald lecture. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1993;34:1659-1676

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