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DIAGNOSTIC PEARLS IN OPHTHALMOLOGY
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58-59

Featureless retina in diabetic retinopathy


Department of Vitreo-retinal Services, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. Aditya Kapoor
L.V Prasad Eye Institute, Kode Venkatadri Choudary Campus, Tadigadapa, Vijayawada - 521 137, Andhra Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jocr.jocr_23_21

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Featureless retina is usually seen in patients with type one diabetes mellitus and is frequently misdiagnosed as asymmetric diabetic retinopathy (DR). It is characterized by retinal neovascularization with the absence of retinal lesions such as retinal hemorrhages, cotton wool spots, and intraretinal microvascular abnormalities, features which are typical of proliferative DR. Fundus fluorescein angiography is particularly helpful in these cases as it reveals extensive areas of capillary dropout and neovascularization. It is of utmost importance to anticipate its presence and manage these patients appropriately to prevent blinding consequences. This article offers some clinical insights for better diagnosing and managing such patients.


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