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Goldmann-Favre syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Enhanced S-cone syndrome
  • Favre hyaloideoretinal degeneration
  • Retinoschisis with early hemeralopia
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What is Goldmann-Favre syndrome?

Goldmann-Favre syndrome, also known as enhanced S cone syndrome, is a inherited eye disease that affects the light-sensitive part of the eye (retina). Within the retina are "red," "blue," and "green" cones which allow us to see colors properly; and rods which allows us to see in dim light. People with Goldmann-Favre syndrome are born with an overabundance of blue cones, a reduced number of red and green cones, and few, if any, functional rods.[1] As a result they experience an increased sensitivity to blue light, varying degrees of red and green cone vision, night blindness occurring from early life, vision loss, and retinal degeneration.[2] Goldmann-Favre syndrome can be caused by mutations in the NR2E3 gene and is inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion.[2]
Last updated: 5/18/2011

How is Goldmann-Favre syndrome diagnosed?

Goldmann-Favre syndrome may be suspected following ophthalmoscopy examination. Ophthalmoscopy, also known as funduscopy, allows the doctor to look at the back part of the eye (fundus), which includes the retina, optic disc, choroid, and blood vessels. The architecture of the retina in people with Goldmann-Favre syndrome differs remarkably from normal at all disease stages.[3] Examples of Goldmann-Favre syndrome retinal abnormalities that can be demonstrated by opthalmoscopy include clumps of pigment and atrophic lesions.[3]

Other tests that may be used in diagnosing Goldmann-Favre syndrome include optical coherence tomography, electroretinograms, and genetic tests. Optical coherence tomography produces specialized photos that show the layers of the retina in cross section. In people with Goldmann-Favre syndrome, optical coherence tomography shows increased retinal thickening.[3] Electroretinograms measure the activity of the cells in the retina. In Goldmann-Favre syndrome electroretinograms may demonstrate no or diminished activity in these cells.[4] Genetic testing to search for disease causing mutations in the NR2E3 gene may be used to confirm a suspected diagnosis. 
Last updated: 5/16/2011

How might Goldmann Favre syndrome be treated?

While treatment options for complications such as, retinoschisis and cystoid macular edema may be recommended, currently there is not a cure or specific targeted treatment for Goldmann Favre syndrome.[5][6]
Last updated: 5/16/2011

What is the typical prognosis for people with Goldmann-Favre syndrome?

It is difficult to predict how Goldmann-Favre syndrome may affect a person over time. Symptoms and symptom severity can vary considerably from person to person. Some people with Goldmann-Favre syndrome experience vision loss and retinal involvement from childhood, while others maintain retinal function into old age.[5][7]

In general, in childhood Goldmann-Favre syndrome may cause accommodative esotropia (eye-crossing) and poor night vision.[8] Farsightedness and night blindness appears to be common features in adults. Other variable signs and symptoms in adults include reduced vision in very bright light,[9] variable degree of central vision loss,[5] astigmatism,  retinoschisis, and cystoid macular edema.[5] One review found vision (visual acuity) to range from normal to severely reduced among people with retinas affected by NR2E3 mutations. The presence of retinoschisis, may be associated with poorer vision.[5]

While NR2E3 mutations are not identified in all people with Goldmann-Favre syndrome, many cases are caused by mutations in this gene. Symptom and symptom severity is likely influenced by which NR2E3 mutations are carried, as well as other poorly understood genetic and environmental factors.
Last updated: 6/9/2011

How can I find a genetics professional in my area?

Genetics clinics are a source of information for individuals and families regarding genetic conditions, treatment, inheritance, and genetic risks to other family members. More information about genetic consultations is available from Genetics Home Reference. To find a genetics clinic, we recommend that you contact your primary healthcare provider for a referral.

The following online resources can help you find a genetics professional in your community:
Last updated: 10/18/2013