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Acta Ophthalmol Scand. 2006 Apr;84(2):161-8.

Developments in molecular genetics and electrophysiology in inherited retinal disorders.

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Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital of Lund, Lund, Sweden.


Retinitis pigmentosa is said to be the most frequent reason for severe visual handicap among young people in Scandinavia today. Developments in the fields of electrophysiology and molecular genetics have increased our understanding of the pathophysiology of these disorders and have also improved our clinical competence, leading to a better understanding of the patient's visual handicap and his or her prognosis. This represents the first step towards fulfilling our plan for the future, which is ultimately to cure blindness caused by the different forms of hereditary retinal degeneration. This review is based on 20 years of research at the Department of Ophthalmology in Lund.

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