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Ophthalmic Genet. 2018 Jan-Feb;39(1):17-21. doi: 10.1080/13816810.2017.1329445. Epub 2017 Jul 13.

Prevalence of macular abnormalities assessed by optical coherence tomography in patients with Usher syndrome.

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a Eye Clinic, Multidisciplinary Department of Medical , Surgical and Dental Sciences, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli , Naples , Italy.
b Audiology Unit, Department of Neuroscience , Reproductive and Odontostomatologic Science, University of Naples Federico II , Naples , Italy.
c Department of Surgical and Morphological Sciences , University of Insunbria , Varese , Italy.



To investigate the prevalence of macular abnormalities in patients affected by Usher syndrome (USH), by comparing the clinical findings between two types (i.e., USH1 and USH2).


A retrospective study was performed by reviewing optical coherence tomography (OCT) in 134 USH patients to determine the presence of macular abnormalities, including cystoid macular edema (CME), epiretinal membrane (ERM), vitreo-macular traction syndrome (VMT), and macular hole (MH).


Macular abnormalities were observed in 126/268 (47.0%) examined eyes. The most frequent abnormality was ERM observed in 51 eyes (19%), followed by CME observed in 42 eyes (15.7%). Moreover, CME was significantly (p < 0.05) associated with younger age (CME: 30.1 ± 11.1 years; without CME: 36.9 ± 14.9 years), whereas VMT and full thickness MH were associated with older age (p < 0.05). Moreover, a significantly (p < 0.05) decreased best-corrected visual acuity was associated with MH compared to eyes without MH. Finally, CME was more frequent in USH1 compared to USH2.


Our study, for the first time in the literature, showed the distribution of all macular abnormalities assessed by SD-OCT in a large USH cohort, comparing USH1 and USH2 patients. We observed that ocular abnormalities are highly prevalent in USH patients compared to general population, with ERM and CME being the most common alterations. Based on these findings, OCT screening in USH patients is recommended for early detection of macular changes and early treatment.


Macular abnormalities; Usher syndrome; optical coherence tomography

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