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May 1971

Retinal Involvement in Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia

Author Affiliations

Miami, Fla
From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Fla.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;85(5):618-623. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.00990050620018

The first case of retinal involvement in hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia in the American ophthalmic literature shows a marked similarity to diabetic retinopathy. In a patient with the ophthalmoscopic findings of retinal angiopathy and normal glucose tolerance tests, Rendu-Osler-Weber disease, although a rarity, should be considered. The diagnosis can be confirmed by family history of bleeding diathesis and careful inspection of skin and mucous membranes. Cautious photocoagulation therapy merits consideration in such cases.

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