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Is retinitis pigmentosa still incurable? Are we close to any breakthrough?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Work in progress

Retinitis pigmentosa (rp) is a retinal degeneration caused by a malfunction in the photoreceptor cells in the retina.
Doctors are now beginning to identify the genetic source of the malfunction. Gene therapy is already being given to patients with other forms of retinal degeneration. Gene therapy for rp is being studied but is not ready for use. Stay tuned!

In brief: Work in progress

Retinitis pigmentosa (rp) is a retinal degeneration caused by a malfunction in the photoreceptor cells in the retina.
Doctors are now beginning to identify the genetic source of the malfunction. Gene therapy is already being given to patients with other forms of retinal degeneration. Gene therapy for rp is being studied but is not ready for use. Stay tuned!
Dr. Ali Zaidi
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Dr. Ali Zaidi
At this point, I would guess that gene therapy for RP is still at least 3-5 years away. There are patients with severe vision loss undergoing gene therapy that gain some useful vision back. Your friend should get genetic testing to see which mutation he/she has. That way, when gene therapy is available, they will know if they are eligible
Dr. Ali Zaidi
In our field, total blindness is defined as no light perception. It is uncommon for RP to cause this degree of vision loss. Yes, some patients with severe vision loss (like your friends) have benefited from gene therapy. Another option is a retinal chip implant which is currently under clinical trial. Dr. Mark Humayan at USC is the pioneer. Perhaps your friend can contact his clinic.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Still working on it

Although retinitis pigmentosa has no known cure, research with stem cell therapy is offering promising advances.
For further information, start here: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002024/. Do not be fooled by centers that offer cures at this point.

In brief: Still working on it

Although retinitis pigmentosa has no known cure, research with stem cell therapy is offering promising advances.
For further information, start here: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002024/. Do not be fooled by centers that offer cures at this point.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Bernard Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Retinal Chip

Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina and vision loss.
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 a new retinal implant which restores crude central vision( argus ii) for those who are blind from rp.

In brief: Retinal Chip

Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina and vision loss.
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 a new retinal implant which restores crude central vision( argus ii) for those who are blind from rp.
Dr. Bernard Godley
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Dr. Santosh Patel
Ophthalmology

In brief: Treatments are close

Yes retinitis pigmentosa (rp) is incurable for now.
However clinical trials involving stem cells and rp are underway. The one i know of is at ucla/jules stein institute where advanced cell technology is working with dr. Steven schwartz on stem cell treatment for both dry macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. The results should be know on initial patients by the end of the year.

In brief: Treatments are close

Yes retinitis pigmentosa (rp) is incurable for now.
However clinical trials involving stem cells and rp are underway. The one i know of is at ucla/jules stein institute where advanced cell technology is working with dr. Steven schwartz on stem cell treatment for both dry macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. The results should be know on initial patients by the end of the year.
Dr. Santosh Patel
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