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Is there a cure for retinitis pigmentosa?

Is there a cure for retinitis pigmentosa?

Retinal Chip: Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina. Depending on the type, some vision can be retained throughout life, in other cases, not. The most common symptoms are night blindness and gradual loss of peripheral vision. There is no cure, but there is a new retinal implant which restores crude central vision ( argus ii) for those who are blind from rp. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Retinitis Pigmentosa (Definition)

An eye disease in which the back wall inside the ...Read more


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Is there a cure for retinitis pigmentoa?

Is there a cure for retinitis pigmentoa?

None yet: No cure as of yet. We are working hard on this and many exciting breakthroughs have occurred but no definitive cure. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for retinitis pigmentosa or nightblindness?

Is there a cure for retinitis pigmentosa or nightblindness?

No: Retinitis pigmentosa (rp) is a defect in the lining tissue under the retina called the retinal pigment epithelium (rpe). It can be hereditary or sporadic , affect males or females, be found alone or with hearing or other neurological abnormalities. Treatment options are still experimental involving stem cell implantation, or gene therapy but none of these treatments are available yet to the public. ...Read more

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Is there a cure now for macular dystrophy?

Is there a cure now for macular dystrophy?

No: Unfortunately, there is no current cure for macular dystrophy. In the future a growth factor therapy or stem cell transplant may be a viable treatment option. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for cortical blindness?

Is there a cure for cortical blindness?

No: That's when you're brain can't process the information, and eye is usually fine.There is no treatement for this at this time. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for color blindness?

Is there a cure for color blindness?

No: This is an inherited deficiency in the spectrum of the photoreceptors in your retina. Red color contacts have been proposed for relief but these merely shift the axis of non-recognition inducing a new type of color deficiency. There is no cure although a stem cell bit of research has worked to improve the color recognition in laboratory animals. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for retinal damages?

Is there a cure for retinal damages?

Yes and no: There are lots of causes of retinal damage-you need to be more specific. If the damage is from swelling or bleeding under or in the retina, there are treatments to resolve these problems and restore retinal function. If the the retina is scarred, then there are no surgeries or drugs to regenerate the retina. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for neurofibromatosis?

Is there a cure for neurofibromatosis?

No: There is no cure for neurofibromatosis and goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms. Painful cutaneous and subcutaneous tumors and those that occur on visible areas of the body may be removed surgically. Surgery also may be performed to remove schwannomas and nerve tissue tumors (neurofibromas) that cause pain, sensory loss, and loss of function. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for deafness?

Is there a cure for deafness?

On occasion: Some causes of deafness are reversible, but an otolaryngologist can help. Yet, if not possible, one could consider the possibility of a cochlear implant. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for serius retinopathy?

Is there a cure for serius retinopathy?

Time: Serous retinopathy, also termed central serous maculopathy, is a condition of unknown origin which causes the central vessels to leak fluid, raising the retina in that area, and causing a distortion or lowering of the vision. Treatments such as steroids have been proven not to work and may be detrimental. Most cases spontaneous improve over a six month interval and laser might melp. ...Read more

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What is a cause for retinitis pigmentosa?

What is a cause for retinitis pigmentosa?

Retinitis pig: There is also a form that is from spontaneous mutation. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for incontinentia pigmenti?

No: see http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/incontinentia-pigmenti

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What is a cure for macular amyloidosis?

What is a cure for macular amyloidosis?

No scratching: Try using topical corticosteroids or topical capsacin cream to the area where you have macular amyloidosis. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for vitiligo?

Is there a cure for vitiligo?

Treatment: Not truly a cure but rather very good treatments. The best person to discuss this with is a rheumatologist and/or dermatologist. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001834/. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for poliosis?

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Is there a cure for poliosis?

Poliosis: In this congenital absence of melanin (color) in hair on head, eyebrows & eyelashes, there is no cure. ...Read more

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Is there a natural cure for cataracts?

Is there a natural cure for cataracts?

No: Cataracts are 100% normal. They are just age related changes that occurs in the lens of your eye that you are born with. There is nothing you can do to treat cataracts other than cataract surgery, however there is some recent evidence that you may be able to reduce the rate at which they develop by reducing your exposure to sunlight ( wear sunglasses) and possibly lutein supplements. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for hemophilia?

Is there a cure for hemophilia?

No: Not yet, however, the disorder can be managed with injections of recombinant coagulation factors. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for alzheimer's?

Is there a cure for alzheimer's?

Sadly, No: There are treatments (medications) for some of the symptoms. It is also a significant area of research with emerging new treatments every year. Hopefully a cure will be found in your lifetime. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for retinitis pigmentosa?

Retinal Chip: Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina. Depending on the type, some vision can be retained throughout life, in other cases, not. The most common symptoms are night blindness and gradual loss of peripheral vision. There is no cure, but there is a new retinal implant which restores crude central vision ( argus ii) for those who are blind from rp. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for retinitis pigmentosa or nightblindness?

No: Retinitis pigmentosa (rp) is a defect in the lining tissue under the retina called the retinal pigment epithelium (rpe). It can be hereditary or sporadic , affect males or females, be found alone or with hearing or other neurological abnormalities. Treatment options are still experimental involving stem cell implantation, or gene therapy but none of these treatments are available yet to the public. ...Read more

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What is retinitis pigmentosa?

What is retinitis pigmentosa?

Rare: Rare group of inherited (all types) retinal disease leading to blindness over years due to photoreceptor loss / cell death from various specific protein mutations affecting the retina and retinal pigment epithelium. ...Read more

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What is retinitis pigmentosa?

What is  retinitis pigmentosa?

Hereditary condition: It is a complex combination of hereditary conditions that affect the photoreceptors. Its a degenerative process that can be caused by a number of mutations and depending on the type, vision loss can begin as early as soon after birth to as late as in your middle age. Sometimes vision loss can be mild enough that you may not realize you have it. ...Read more

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How was retinitis pigmentosa discovered?

In error: The original disease was described in europe due to the profound visual loss. The scattering of pigment reminded the eyedocs of pigment seen in syphilitic retinal disease, and so it was called "retinitis" indicating an inflammatory, possibly infectious origin. Only later was it found to be hereditary with many forms and progressions. ...Read more

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What is a cause for retinitis pigmentosa?

Retinitis pig: There is also a form that is from spontaneous mutation. ...Read more

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When was retinitis pigmentosa discovered?

Late 1800s: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP), an inherited degeneration of the retina has been around since ancient times. The actual [pathology could not be observed until the ophthalmoscope was discovered in the mid 1800s.. The appearance of the retina reminded early observers of infectious, usually syphylitic retinopathy. So it was name RP. Now we know it is not infected, but inherited. ...Read more

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How many types of retinitis pigmentosa...

Three: There are three basic types that differ on their inheritance pattern (sex linked, recessive and autosomal dominate) and severity the recessive the most severe and the auto dom the least. ...Read more

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What are the tests for retinitis pigmentosa?

ERG: There is a test that is done to determine whether the rods and cones in the retina are functioning. It is called an electroretinogram. Standardization is important and going to a facility that specializes in this test is required. It is not found in most ophthalmology offices. Of course, an eye exam precedes all of this. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does retinitis pigmentosa get diagnosed?

Symptoms; tests: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is usually first noticed when the patient has difficulty seeing at night or loses a significant part of the field of vision. On examination there are characteristic appearances to the retina, and there is test called an ERG which gives the absolute diagnosis. Sometimes other cases are in the family. ...Read more

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How do you get help for retinitis pigmentosa?

Www.blindness.org: Website for foundation for fighting blindness. There is no cure as yet, but low vision aids may be beneficial. Follow up with eye specialist is important as some rp patients develop edema in the retina and cataract. There are a few trials going on involving new technologies including stem cell and more... ...Read more

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Does anyone on here treat retinitis pigmentosa?

Does anyone on here treat retinitis pigmentosa?

Yes: People with retinitis pigmentosa should still be followed though treatment is limited. There are complications that can be addressed such as cataracts and swelling in the retina associated with retinitis pigmentosa. Low vision evaluation is also important. New therapies are being studied, so your retinal specialist can keep you updated. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have retinitis pigmentosa?

Inherited Disease: Retinitis pigmentosa is an inherited form of retinal disease that may decrease vision or even complete blindness (unusual). There are dozens of syndromes (diseases without obvious cause) that have characteristic eye findings of rp. Usually there is loss of visual field and difficulty with going from light/dark. Central vision loss is associated, complete blindness rare. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is retinitis pigmentosa?

Could you explain what is retinitis pigmentosa?

Retinal degeneration: The retina lines the back of our eye and acts like the film of a camera. It "sees" the light. Retinitis pigmentosa (rp) is a group of diseases caused by defective genes that cause the retina to malfunction. It is most often inherited. Over time patients lose peripheral and then central vision from rp. There is no treatment but in some cases vitamins can slow its course. There is no cure. ...Read more

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What is the major cause of retinitis pigmentosa?

It depends..: RP is a cause blindness. Its causes are multifactorial and exact cause depends on lots of other factors--like whether it occurs alone, or if it's associated with other symptoms or syndromes, or if it was secondary to a systemic disease. It's almost always genetic (there are >50 genes associated with RP), and it's often part of a syndrome, like Usher, Biedl-Bardet, Kearns-Sayer, McLeod, and others. ...Read more

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What is the significance of retinitis pigmentosa?

What is the significance of retinitis pigmentosa?

Inherited Disease: Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina and vision loss. The condition can be inherited in multiple ways and has a variety of symptoms. The most common ones are night blindness and gradual loss of peripheral vision. There is currently no proven medical treatment, however the argus ii retinal implant may be useful in end stage disease. ...Read more

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What is retinitis pigmentosa and how is it treated?

Inherited Disease: Rp is an inherited eye disease that can result in severe visual impairment. There is currently no cure for rp. Certain patients may benefit form high doses of vitamin a. Retinal implants and gene therapy are being investigated as possible treatments. ...Read more

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What are the odds of developing retinitis pigmentosa?

You would need to: have a parent who carries the gene for it to be expressed in you. If you don't have this problem in your family line, then it's rare that it would happen spontaneously. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of retinitis pigmentosa?

RP: The most common symptoms of retinitis pigmentosa is night blindness. As the disese progresses, the side vision and the central vision can also go. Early retinitis pigmentosa may be without symptoms. The disease is variable in presentation and progression. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Retinitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of the retina- ...Read more