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Am J Ophthalmol. 1998 Dec;126(6):833-5.

Corneal opacities in Gaucher disease.

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Eye Institute, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To describe the corneal findings in a variant of Gaucher disease.

METHODS:

Case report. In an 18-year-old man, ophthalmic and general clinical evaluation, and enzymatic and molecular genetics studies were performed.

RESULTS:

Diffuse, well-defined, small, linear, or dotlike corneal opacities were observed through, out the posterior two thirds of the corneal stroma in both eyes. The patient had calcific valvular heart disease. Enzymatic and ultrastructural studies were consistent with Gaucher disease. Analysis of the glucocerebrosidase gene disclosed homozygosity for a D409H mutation.

CONCLUSION:

Corneal opacities are a distinguishing ocular feature of the variant of Gaucher disease associated with the D409H mutation and with calcific cardiac disease.

PMID:
9860012
DOI:
10.1016/s0002-9394(98)00249-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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