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Macula halo syndrome. Variant of Niemann-Pick disease.

Authors
  • Cogan, D G
  • Chu, F C
  • Barranger, J A
  • Gregg, R E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publisher
American Medical Association
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1983
Volume
101
Issue
11
Pages
1698–1700
Identifiers
PMID: 6639422
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

The macula halo syndrome is the name proposed to describe patients with a unique ring-form opacity about the foveolas and a histiocytic storage disease. Since sphingomyelinase deficiency has now been found in the three patients in whom it was sought (including two in the present report), the entity may be classified as a variant of Niemann-Pick disease. A secondary hyperlipidemia may also be present. The macula halos consisting of symmetric crystalloid opacities with little or no visual impairment are pathognomonic of the entity.

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