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Clinical pathology and retinal vascular structure in the Bardet-Biedl syndrome.
  1. T Bek and
  2. T Rosenberg
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Arhus University Hospital, Denmark.


    A comparative study of clinical pathology and retinal vascular structure is described as studied by vascular casting in an eye of a patient with the Bardet-Biedl syndrome. At the time of examination the eye had been almost blind for at least 4 years. The histopathological examination showed a largely uniform loss of the outer retinal layers. The gross pathological examination of the cast ocular fundus showed three distinct zones, an inner zone inside the temporal vascular arcades where retinal vessels had been cast, a mid peripheral zone with bone spicules, and a peripheral zone with neither cast vessels nor bone spicules. The findings are discussed in relation to possible pathophysiological mechanisms involved in the development of retinal dystrophy in the Bardet-Biedl syndrome.

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