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Medicine For Retinitis
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
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
Retinochoroidopathy: Birdshot retinochoroidopathy is an uncommon chronic posterior uveitis. It should be followed by a specialist. Treatment is focused on reducing inflammation. This can be done with steroids or cyclosporine with or without ketoconazole. Other agents tried include mycophenolate mofetil, azathioprine, methotrexate, and daclizumab. Please see the doctor for appropriate treatment and follow-up. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
It varies: Retinitis pigmentosa, or rp for short, can be caused by mutations in about 3 dozen different genes. Depending on the gene involved for a particular family, the inheritance can be dominant, recessive, x linked, digenic, or mitochondrial. Complicated! your family history and a thorough medical evaluation are the most important tools for figuring out the inheritance pattern what genes to test. ...Read more
Uncommon unless....: Rp is a genetic disease. You are not likely to get it unless you inherited the defective genes from one or both parents. If you have other siblings with rp, then you may be at risk. If this is the case, then you should get get examined by the same specialist. ...Read more
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 rarely is caused by a new mutation. The most common symptoms are night blindness and gradual loss of peripheral vision. There is currently no proven medical treatment, however retinal implant( argus ii) may help in end-stage rp. ...Read more
No major cause:
There are multiple forms of rp and therefor many causes. Most effect the photoreceptor layer of the retina. Here are some websites.
http://www.Ffb.Ca/eye_conditions/rp_center.Html?Phpsessid=6d92cdc3aa6245ec744d26349d4f5d08. ...Read more