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What is the major cause of retinitis pigmentosa?

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Dr. Brandon Greene
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Brandon Greene
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