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January 1959

Retinitis Punctata AlbescensA Functional and Diagnostic Evaluation

Author Affiliations

New York
Department of Ophthalmology of the New York University Post-Graduate Medical School. Dr. Goodman is associated with the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;61(1):93-101. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.00940090095014

Introduction  Retinitis punctata albescens is a tapetoretinal disorder characterized by an ophthalscopic picture of diffusely scattered white, dot-like lesions situated deep to the retinal vessels and associated with some impairment of night vision.* It is usually congenital or commences at an early age; the frequent occurrence of parental consanguinity suggests a recessive mode of inheritance. Pallor of the optic disc, reduction in caliber of the retinal vessels, and pigment deposition, either interspersed among the white spots or forming their core, are frequently reported. Functional manifestations may include decreased visual acuity, constriction of visual field, and alterations in color perception. The condition is usually stationary or very slowly progressive, but in some cases it may run a degenerative course similar to that of retinitis pigmentosa.In a critical review of the literature in 1910, Lauber3 selected more than 25 cases of "so-called retinitis punctata albescens" and placed them in a

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