A tapetal-like fundus reflex in a healthy male: evidence against a role in the pathophysiology of retinal degeneration?

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PURPOSE To report on the retinal function and structure in a 37-year-old male who presented with a tapetal-like reflex (TLR) indistinguishable from that seen in female carriers of X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP). METHODS Clinical examination included dark adaptometry, full-field electroretinography (ERG), multifocal ERG, optical coherence tomography, and fundus autofluorescence photography. Molecular genetic testing included screening for known mutations in autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, and X linked retinitis pigmentosa (RP) genes with a commercially available chip, and sequencing analysis of retinitis pigmentosa GTPase regulator (RPGR)-open reading frame 15 (ORF15). RESULTS Fundus examination revealed a bilateral TLR, which is typical of female carriers of XLRP. Imaging studies and electrophysiological testing was unremarkable, except for a significant increase in full-field ERG amplitudes after prolonged dark adaptation as compared to after standard dark adaptation. Mutation screening was negative. CONCLUSIONS TLR was found for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, in a male subject. There were no definitive signs of retinal degeneration, suggesting that this reflex in itself is not necessarily a precursor of the retinal degeneration that can be seen in female carriers of XLRP.

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@inproceedings{Schatz2012ATF, title={A tapetal-like fundus reflex in a healthy male: evidence against a role in the pathophysiology of retinal degeneration?}, author={Patrik Schatz and Jesper Fleth\oj Bregnh\oj and Henrik Sven Arvidsson and Dror Sharon and Liliana Mizrahi-Meissonnier and Birgit A Sander and Karen Gr\onskov and Michael L. Larsen}, booktitle={Molecular vision}, year={2012} }