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May 1934

RETINITIS PUNCTATA ALBESCENS AND RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA AS AFFECTED BY PREGNANCYREPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

WILMETTE, ILL.
From the Department of Ophthalmology, Northwestern University Medical School, and the Evanston Hospital.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1934;11(5):763-768. doi:10.1001/archopht.1934.00830120023003
Abstract

The rare occurrence of retinitis punctata albescens, either alone or associated with retinitis pigmentosa, seems in itself sufficient excuse for reporting an additional case. There is also the further interest occasioned by the complication of pregnancy and the marked effect which the pregnancy apparently exerted on the course of the disease.

A thorough search of the literature fails to reveal any report of the effect of pregnancy on the course of this disease.

Vandergrift1 stated that "undoubtedly there are lesions of the fundus to which the gravid uterus adds no further interest, such as retintitis pigmentosa, though even here arises the problem of the propagation of an hereditary maladjustment." Gifford2 observed a case of retinitis pigmentosa in which pregnancy developed but in which no untoward effects on the retinal condition were observed.

However, there seems to be no reason why this ocular lesion should not be

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