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J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2008 Jan-Feb;45(1):49-50.

A rare case of retinocytoma occurring in a 12-year-old child.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, 9 Eylül University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey.


A 12-year-old girl with a translucent, partially calcified retinal mass in the posterior pole surrounded by a rim of pigment epithelial changes and chorioretinal atrophy was diagnosed as having retinocytoma. The patient received a single treatment of transpupillary thermotherapy at the slit lamp to prevent malignant transformation. The dimensions of the lesion and the visual acuity remained unchanged at 3.5 years of follow-up with no further treatment. Retinocytoma is a benign retinal tumor that carries the same genetic implications as retinoblastoma. Regular follow-up is necessary because the tumor can demonstrate malignant transformation.

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