Bilateral juxtafoveolar telangiectasis in monozygotic twins

Ugo Menchini, Gianni Virgili, Francesco Bandello, Claudio Malara, Emilio Rapizzi, Paolo Lanzetta

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PURPOSE: To report the clinical and angiographic features of two monozygotic twins affected by bilateral group 2 idiopathic juxtafoveolar telangiectasis. METHOD: Case reports. RESULTS: Two 64-year-old women, who were identical twins, were suffering from visual loss. One twin had suffered from visual loss for 1 year and had a visual acuity of 20/25 in both eyes, and the other twin had suffered for 2 years and had a visual acuity of 20/30 in both eyes. Fluorescein angiography disclosed similar fundus features. An analogous area of capillary telangiectasis and leakage was observed in the right macula, where no intraretinal pigment was seen; the left macula showed a similar amount of intraretinal pigment associated with tiny right-angle venules and minimal leakage. CONCLUSION: This observation raises the issue of genetic influences in the pathogenesis of this disease. (C) 2000 by Elsevier Science Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-403
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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