Retinal manifestations of neurofibromatosis. Diagnosis and management.

Daniel Albert // Publications // May 01 1991

PubMed ID: 1902661

Author(s): Destro M, D’Amico DJ, Gragoudas ES, Brockhurst RJ, Pinnolis MK, Albert DM, Topping TM, Puliafito CA. Retinal manifestations of neurofibromatosis. Diagnosis and management. Arch Ophthalmol. 1991 May;109(5):662-6. PMID 1902661

Journal: Archives Of Ophthalmology (Chicago, Ill. : 1960), Volume 109, Issue 5, May 1991

Five patients presented with vision-threatening retinal tumors and systemic signs of neurofibromatosis, including neurofibromatosis type 1 (four patients) and familial cafe-au-lait spots (one patient). These tumors included large retinal astrocytic hamartomas, multiple retinal capillary hemangiomas, and combined hamartomas of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium, which resulted in rubeotic glaucoma, vitreous hemorrhage, and retinal detachment. Surgical therapy included retinal cryopexy, xenon and argon photocoagulation, scleral buckling, and pars plana vitrectomy with excisional retinal biopsy. Retinal tumors may result in marked visual loss in patients with neurofibromatosis, and vitreoretinal surgery may restore useful vision in some of these patients.