Agnes B. Renner

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BACKGROUND Only limited data exist on the incidence of negative electroretinograms (ERG) in clinical practice. The purpose of this study is therefore to determine the incidence and clinical causes of a negative ERG in a tertiary care centre focused on inherited and acquired retinal degenerations. METHODS All ERGs recorded (in accordance with ISCEV(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate and compare the value of fundus autofluorescence (FAF) imaging and multifocal electroretinography (mfERG) in early detection of retinal alterations in patients using chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine (CQ/HCQ). METHODS FAF imaging was performed in a consecutive series of 25 patients with long-term CQ or HCQ treatment (duration, >1 year),(More)
PURPOSE Detailed morphologic and functional evaluation of adult vitelliform macular dystrophy (AVMD). METHODS The records of 61 consecutive AVMD patients (inclusion criterion: vitelliform lesion smaller than one disk diameter at least in one eye) were evaluated retrospectively regarding visual acuity, color vision, perimetry, retinal pigment epithelium(More)
Purpose. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a heterogeneous condition of high prevalence and complex etiology involving genetic as well as environmental factors. By fundus autofluorescence (FAF) imaging, AMD can be classified into several distinct phenotypes, with one subgroup characterized by fine granular pattern with peripheral punctate spots(More)
In patients with central visual field scotomata a large part of visual cortex is not adequately stimulated. Over time this lack of input could lead to a reduction of gray matter in the affected cortical areas. We used Voxel Based Morphometry to investigate structural brain changes in patients with central scotomata due to hereditary retinal dystrophies and(More)
PURPOSE Heterozygous mutations in the GUCY2D gene, which encodes the membrane-bound retinal guanylyl cyclase-1 protein (RetGC-1), have been shown to cause autosomal dominant inherited cone degeneration and cone-rod degeneration (adCD, adCRD). The present study was a comprehensive screening of the GUCY2D gene in 27 adCD and adCRD unrelated families of these(More)
Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) is a heterogeneous retinal disorder characterized by visual impairment under low light conditions. This disorder is due to a signal transmission defect from rod photoreceptors to adjacent bipolar cells in the retina. Two forms can be distinguished clinically, complete CSNB (cCSNB) or incomplete CSNB; the two(More)
In patients with central visual field scotomata a large part of visual cortex is not adequately stimulated. We investigated evidence for possible upregulation in cortical responses in 22 patients (8 females, 14 males; mean age 41.5 years, range 12-65 years) with central visual field loss due to hereditary retinal dystrophies (Stargardt's disease, other(More)
The purpose of this retrospective study was to determine the relevance of both visual-evoked potentials (VEP) and multifocal electroretinography (mfERG) to evaluate unexplained visual loss. Seventy-two consecutive patients (1996-2002) with visual disturbances of unknown origin underwent both VEP and mfERG (ISCEV standard). The mean age was 42.4 years(More)
PURPOSE In patients with central visual field scotomata, a large part of visual cortex is not adequately stimulated. Patients often use a new eccentric fixation area on intact peripheral retina ("preferred retinal locus"-PRL) that functions as a pseudo-fovea. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine whether stimulating this(More)
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