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September 1932

ANGIOID STREAKS OF THE RETINA AND PSEUDOXANTHOMA ELASTICUM

Author Affiliations

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Emory University ATLANTA, GA.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1932;8(3):334-354. doi:10.1001/archopht.1932.00820160022002
Abstract

The term "angioid streaks of the retina" was first employed by Plange in 1891 to describe certain changes in the fundus characterized by reddish-brown striae, radiating from the border of the disk and often extending beyond the equator. Like changes had been described by Doyne in 1889 without any attempt at classification. Since that time there have been forty reports in the literature, all of which had similar clinical characteristics.

Visual disturbances may or may not occur, and the disease, therefore, is often encountered in the routine examination of the fundus. The process, however, apparently is acute, being characterized by the formation of hemorrhages, exudates and striae. There is usually a reddish-brown band, varying in width around the optic nerve, which may or may not be complete. Extending from this band there are one or more irregular lines that assume the course and distribution of blood vessels. These

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