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Doctor insights on: Congenital Hypertrophy Of The Retinal Pigment Epithelium

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What is congenital hypertrophy of retinal pigmentation epithelium?

What is congenital hypertrophy of retinal pigmentation epithelium?

It is: A very darkly pigmented lesion of the retina found during an eye exam. It is similar to a mole or nevus, but has some distinctive differences. Unlike a mole, it cannot become cancerous. It does not affect the vision and should be of no concern to you. ...Read more

Hypertrophy (Definition)

Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more


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I have congenital hypertrophy of retinal pigmentation epithelium, any suggestions?

I have congenital hypertrophy of retinal pigmentation epithelium, any suggestions?

Depends: It depends on how many chrpe spots you have. If you only have one, observation is fine. If you have 4 or more, there is an increased risk for a type of cancer in the colon and you'll want to get that evaluated regularly. ...Read more

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Pattern dystrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium: What does this mean?

Hereditary dystrophy: pattern Dystrophy is a hereditary retinal dystrophy that often mimics macular degeneration. However it does not progress in the same manner and can be associated with preservation of good vision depending on the severity of the dystrophy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pattern dystrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium?

Can you tell me about pattern dystrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium?

Looks similar to AMD: Pattern dystrophy is a heterogeneous group of dominantly inherited macular disease. It has patterns of deposits of yellow, orange, or pigment changes in the macular area. It may be difficult to differentiate from AMD in late stages. Some may develop Choroidal neovascular membranes. ...Read more

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Please explain what the retinal pigment epithelium is?

RPE: The retinal pigment epithelium, or rpe, is a layer of the retina just below the photoreceptors, also known as the rods and cones. The rpe takes care of these photoreceptor cells and is therefore very important in visual function. There are many eye diseases that occur primarily in this layer. ...Read more

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What is the retinal pigment epithelium?

Many functions: The RPE is a layer underneath the retina that serves many roles. Its many functions include light absorption, epithelial transport, spatial ion buffering, visual cycle, phagocytosis, secretion and immune modulation. Without it, the retina degenerates as in various diseases including AMD. ...Read more

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What is the retinal pigment epithelium?

Cells under retina: The retinal pigment epithelium are cells under the retina that work to keep your photoreceptors working properly and allow vision. They can become damaged in various diseases, probably the most common being AMD. ...Read more

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If lattice degeneration is area of atrophy of peripheral retinal pigment epithelium, can it be considered analogous to atrophy of skin epithelium?

Sort of : Lattice degeneration is retinal thinning of inner retina that may progress to outer layers, when the retinal pigment epithelium can become sec. ...Read more

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After eye exam today, i was told I have a very small white spot, called retinal pigment epithelium drop out. However, the dr was not concerned at all. Should i be?

RPE dropout okay: Is a finding that may be quite common and not necessarily associated with anything wrong. As retinal specialists, we pay attention to the pigmentation changes especially in the macula. The rpe "dropout" lesions are usually pretty static and do not progress with time. We like to note where they are though. Pigment density is decreased in some retinal diseases. ...Read more

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Can lattice degeneration be thought of (seen) as warts on the pigment epithelium of peripheral retina?

No: Lattice is a peripheral thinning found commonly in near sighted patients. It can be a risk factor for developing retinal tears which can lead to detachment of the retina. Lattice is not infectious, nor is it caused by a virus as are warts. The pigment epithelium does not get warts. ...Read more

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Pigment (Definition)

Any chemical which has a color (minerals also) can be said to have a pigment. Such chemicals are responsible for the colors of the skin, the hair, the eyes and things we don't ordinary see such as the brown ...Read more


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Retina (Definition)

That lines the inner eyeball that turns light into chemical/electrical signals interpreted by brain which we ...Read more