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The electroretinogram in Stargardt's disease and fundus flavimaculatus


A retrospective study was performed comparing the ERG results of 15 patients with Stargardt's disease and fundus flavimaculatus. Patients with fundus flavimaculatus had “fish-tail” lesions with or without macular changes, while the Stargardt's group had macular atrophy without fish-tail flecks. The mean visual acuity was 20/200 for the Stargardt's patients compared with a mean of 20/80 for the fundus flavimaculatus patients. The Stargardt's photopic and scotopic amplitudes were respectively 33% and 34% of normal, while the fundus flavimaculatus values were less impaired at 58% and 64% of normal.

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Lachapelle, P., Little, J.M. & Roy, M.S. The electroretinogram in Stargardt's disease and fundus flavimaculatus. Doc Ophthalmol 73, 395–404 (1989).

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Key words

  • Stargardt's disease
  • fundus flavimaculatus
  • electroretinogram
  • oscillatory potentials