Centrifugal fundus abnormalities in pseudoxanthoma elasticum

Peter Charbel Issa, Robert P. Finger, Christian Gtting, Doris Hendig, Frank G. Holz, Hendrik P.N. Scholl

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Purpose: To investigate the Bruchs membraneretinal pigment epithelium (RPE) complex in pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) by imaging techniques capable of visualizing deep retinal structures with high contrast. Design: Prospective cross-sectional study. Participants: Patients with PXE, confirmed by mutation analysis, skin histopathologic examination, or both. Methods: Sixteen patients were investigated by indocyanine green (ICG) and fluorescein angiography, confocal near-infrared (NIR) reflectance, and fundus autofluorescence imaging using a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope (Spectralis HRA-OCT; Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany). Composite digital fundus photography also was performed. Main Outcome Measures: Characterization and topographic distribution of abnormalities detected by retinal imaging. Results: On late-phase ICG angiography, a central area of decreased fluorescence centered on the posterior pole was a characteristic finding in all patients. A second area characterized by increased fundus reflectivity on NIR reflectance imaging extended further into the periphery. A third and most eccentric area showed neither decreased ICG fluorescence nor increased fundus reflectivity. These 3 areas were separated by 2 transition zones, the second being the equivalent of peau dorange. Angioid streaks did not extend into the third area. Conclusions: The abnormalities detected by this multimodal imaging approach suggest a centrifugal spread of the retinal pathologic features of the Bruchs membraneRPE complex in PXE. Decreased fluorescence on late-phase ICG angiography is a consistent sign of retinal pathologic features in PXE. Bruchs membrane calcification may be the underlying cause for the increased reflectivity observed on NIR reflectance imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1406-1414
Number of pages9
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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