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March 1947

ASSOCIATED SYSTEMIC FACTORS IN RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Ophthalmological and Medical Services, New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;37(3):261-267. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00890220271001
Abstract

THIS study was prompted by 2 cases of retinitis pigmentosa with unusual associated conditions. An attempt to determine whether these additional factors were constantly present led to laboratory investigations, of which this paper is a preliminary report. The present series includes 14 patients and hence is not large enough to justify one in drawing absolute conclusions.

Case 1.  —R. P., a woman aged 43, had had poor vision for many years, was overweight and had disturbed menstruation and loss of the superotemporal field of both eyes. A diagnosis of tumor of the pituitary gland was made elsewhere, and the patient was referred to Dr. Israel Wechsler for neurologic study. His examination, which included roentgenographic study of the sella turcica and encephalographic tests (these showed normal ventricles and cisterns), revealed nothing abnormal. We interpreted the fields as due to breaking through of an annular scotoma, quite in keeping with the retinitis

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