A Clinical Case from the Archives : 28/01/2007

This six year old Newfoundland is presented to you with gradually failing eyesight, worse at night. Here is its retina. What might be a possible diagnosis?

Well although it doesn’t show brilliantly here there is increased tapetal reflectivity, narrowing of the retinal vessels and a rather pallid optic disc. This, together with the developing night-blindness, signals progressive retinal atrophy to me. There’s only one problem – as far as I know Newfies don’t get this. If you know different do e-mail me!


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