Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 1719--1720

Multimodal imaging of benign concentric annular macular dystrophy

Aarti Jain, Giridhar Anantharaman, Anubhav Goyal, Mahesh Gopalakrishnan 
 Department of Vitreoretina, Giridhar Eye Hospital, Kochi, Kerala, India

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Dr. Aarti Jain
Department of Vitreoretina, Giridhar Eye Hospital, Ponneth Temple Road, Kadavantara, Kochi - 682 020, Kerala


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Jain A, Anantharaman G, Goyal A, Gopalakrishnan M. Multimodal imaging of benign concentric annular macular dystrophy.Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1719-1720

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Jain A, Anantharaman G, Goyal A, Gopalakrishnan M. Multimodal imaging of benign concentric annular macular dystrophy. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 3 ];67:1719-1720
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A 55-year-old woman presented with blurring of vision in the left eye since six months, with no history of hemeralopia, nyctalopia, photophobia, and no significant family history. Best corrected visual acuity in the right eye (OD) and left eye (OS) was 6/12 and 6/36, respectively. Anterior segment examination revealed early cataractous changes in both eyes. Fundus biomicroscopy and color fundus photograph revealed concentric ring of hypopigmentation followed by hyperpigmentation in the parafoveal area prominent in OS than OD [Figure 1]. Multicolor imaging was superior in delineating the findings compared to color fundus photograph especially in early stages in OD. Fluorescein angiography showed window defect in the parafoveal area in the form of annular hyperfluorescence [Figure 2]. Fundus autofluorescence showed foveal hyperautofluorescence followed by annular hypoautofluorescence and hyperautofluorescence [Figure 2]. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography of OD showed foveal thinning, loss of outer nuclear layer, outer plexiform layer, external limiting membrane, and ellipsoid zone in the parafoveal area with collapse of inner retinal layers. A small island of ellipsoid was present at the fovea responsible for good visual acuity. In addition, OS showed retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) atrophy in the parafoveal area [Figure 3]. The result of electrophysiological testing was normal OU [Figure 4].{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}

Benign concentric annular macular dystrophy (BCAMD) is a rare macular dystrophy, first described by Duetman in 1974.[1] This is caused by mutation in the interphotoreceptor matrix proteoglycan 1 gene on chromosome 6.[2] Good visual acuity is retained till late, which explains the term “benign.”[3] In our case, fundus autofluorescence showed central hyperautofluorescence that could be because of the overfunctioning of the underlying RPE as the parafoveal RPE was atrophic.

With this case, we have described the multimodal imaging of BCAMD, which will contribute in better understanding of the underlying pathology and in differentiating it from other macular dystrophies.

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