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Recommendations on Clinical Assessment of Patients with Inherited Retinal Degenerations - 2016

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Recommendations on Clinical Assessment of Patients with Inherited Retinal Degenerations - 2016 - American Academy of Ophthalmology


This AAO Clinical Statement provides recommendations for evaluation and clinical assessment of patients with inherited retinal degenerations (IRDs). Various testing procedures and the timing at which they are recommended are described for patients within 4 broad classes of IRD (rod-cone degenerations, cone-rod degenerations, chorioretinal degenerations and inherited macular dystrophies). Pediatric patients sometimes require modified testing regimens or sedation for accurate assessment. Genetic testing and genetic counseling are important components of the assessment of patients with IRDs as genetic testing may be valuable to confirm the diagnosis, provide accurate information to the patient and family members and potentially to confirm eligibility to participate in clinical trials. The statement also provides information that would be of value to support and educate patients with IRD. These recommendations are intended to provide guidelines for the management of patients with IRDs. As always, final decisions will rest with the preferences of individual physicians and the needs of individual patients.


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