Untreated combined persistent fetal vasculature with “coralliform” cataract in a Hispanic 21 year-old male

L. A. Garza-Garza, P. Villarreal-Martinez, M. Garza-Leon*

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Persistent fetal vasculature is a spectrum of ocular abnormalities linked to an incomplete regression of the fetal ocular vasculature. A 21-years old male patient came to the outpatient clinic reporting low vision and strabismus in his left eye since 3 years of age. Ophtalmological examination revealed a normal right eye, while the left eye had a best corrected visual acuity of hand-motion perception, a 30 prism diopters esotropia, a “coralliform” cataract and a vitreous stalk joining the posterior face of the lens and the optic nerve. The coralliform cataract possessed spindle-shaped processes radiating out of its center in an axial direction and was located in the posterior subcapsular area. The patient elected to not undergo vitreoretinal surgery due to the poor visual prognosis. The unusual cataract present in the described patient could be related to his untreated status, as previous authors have reported that untreated cataracts in persistent fetal vasculature may undergo diverse degenerations.

Translated title of the contributionPersistencia de la vasculatura fetal no tratada con catarata «coraliforme» en un paciente masculino hispano de 21 años
Original languageEnglish
JournalArchivos de la Sociedad Espanola de Oftalmologia
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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  • Ophthalmology


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