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December 1986

Familial Prepapillary Vascular Loops

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(12):1755-1756. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050240029012

To the Editor.  —Prepapillary vascular loops are well documented in the literature.1-5 These lesions are believed to be congenital anomalies of the central retinal artery. We have observed prepapillary vascular loops in a mother and daughter. We postulate that there may be a hereditary component to this entity.

Report of Cases. 

—Case 1.  —This 33-year-old woman with mild myopia was evaluated at University Hospitals of Cleveland for a change in the prescription of her eyeglasses. Her best corrected acuity was 20/20 in each eye. Results of an external and anterior segment examination were normal. A fundus examination disclosed prepapillary vascular loops in each eye (Figs 1 and 2). On informing the patient of the presence of the prepapillary loops, she reported that her mother had similar findings.

Case 2.  —This 66-year-old woman (the mother of patient 1) had been followed up at the eye clinic of University Hospitals

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