Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) (Grand Rounds)
Grand Rounds Chief Complaint Summary Goes Here
- 22-year-old male with history of retinal detachment repair OD as a 5-year-old child, seen for a second opinion regarding decreased vision in that eye since the surgery
- VA 20/100 OD with external examination only notable for focal lens opacity posteriorly at one o’clock
- Dilated fundus exam notable for retinal fold extending superonasally from the disc as well as vascular dragging causing foveal displacement
- Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR)
- Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
- Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous (PHPV)
- Coat’s disease
- High myopia
- Retinoblastoma (Rb)
- OCT macula showing outer retinal atrophy as well as inner retinal folds and distortion in the affected eye OD (see Figure 2), while OCT macula OS normal
- FEVR (Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy)
- Driven by fibrovascular changes as a result of peripheral avascular retina with progression through five clinical stages
- Associated with mutations in the Wnt pathway
- Important to distinguish from ROP, as FEVR (no history of prematurity or low birth weight) can re-activate later in life while ROP has an involutional natural history
- Laser ablation of avascular retina in stage 1-2A disease; scleral buckle vs vitrectomy (lens-sparing vs non-lens sparing approach) for more advanced stages of disease
Prognosis and Future Directions
- Risk of re-activation and disease progression later on in life (has been observed up through the age of 40)
- Importance of screening asymptomatic family members: study by Kashani et al., up to 58 percent of asymptomatic family members had stage 1 or 2 FEVR and 21 percent had stage 3, 4, or 5 FEVR
- Screening most effectively done through fluorescein angiography to detect early stage 2 changes (see Figure 4)
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- Kashani AH, et al. High Prevalence of Peripheral Retinal Vascular Anomalies in Family Members of Patients with Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy. Ophthalmology. 2014 Jan;121(1):262-268.
- Kashani AH, et al. Diversity of Retinal Vascular Anomalies in Patients with Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy. Ophthalmology. 2014 Nov;121(11):2220-7.
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- Ranchod TM, et al. Clinical Presentation of Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy. Ophthalmology. 2011 Oct;118(10):2070-5.
- The International Classification of Retinopathy of Prematurity Revisited. Arch Ophthalmol. 2005;123(7):991-999.
- Jeng-Miller KW, et al. Fluorescein Angiography in Persistent Fetal Vasculature. Ophthalmol. 2017 Apr;124(4):455.z
- Shastry BS. Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous: congenital malformation of the eye. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2009 Dec;37(9):884-90.
- Amir Kashani, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Arezu Haghighi, MD, PGY-2 Ophthalmology resident, email@example.com