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Adult-onset vitelliform macular dystrophy

Other Names for this Disease
  • Adult-onset foveomacular vitelliform dystrophy
  • AVMD
  • Foveomacular dystrophy, adult-onset, with choroidal neovascularization
  • Foveomacular dystrophy, adult-onset; AOFMD
  • Macular dystrophy, vitelliform, adult-onset
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Adult-onset vitelliform macular dystrophy (AVMD) is a genetic eye disorder that can cause progressive vision loss. AVMD affects an area of the retina called the macula, which is responsible for sharp central vision. The condition causes a fatty yellow pigment to accumulate in cells underlying the macula, eventually damaging the cells.[1] Signs and symptoms usually begin between ages 30 and 50 and include blurred and/or distorted vision, which can progress to central vision loss over time.[2][3][1] It is caused by mutations in the PRPH2 or BEST1 genes; other unidentified genes may cause AVMD as well. It is thought to be inherited in an autosomal dominant manner, although not all individuals who inherit the mutated gene develop symptoms.[2][1]
Last updated: 10/3/2013


  1. Vitelliform macular dystrophy. Genetics Home Reference. October 2008; Accessed 9/4/2012.
  2. Cassandra L. Kniffin. MACULAR DYSTROPHY, VITELLIFORM, ADULT-ONSET. OMIM. December 13, 2006; Accessed 9/4/2012.
  3. Do P, Ferrucci . Adult-onset foveomacular vitelliform dystrophy. Optometry. April 2006; 77(4):156-166.
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