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Stargardt disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Juvenile onset macular degeneration
  • Stargardt macular dystrophy
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Stargardt disease is a genetic eye disorder that causes progressive vision loss. This disorder affects the macula, an area of the retina responsible for sharp central vision (needed for detailed tasks such as reading, driving, and recognizing faces). Individuals with the condition have abnormal accumulation of a fatty yellow pigment (lipofuscin) in the cells underlying the macula, which causes central vision loss. People with Stargardt disease also have problems with night vision and some people may have problems with color vision. The signs and symptoms of Stargardt disease typically appear in late childhood to early adulthood and worsen over time. It is usually caused by mutations in the ABCA4 gene and inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, but it can also be caused by mutations in the ELOVL4 gene and inherited in an autosomal dominant manner.[1]
Last updated: 2/26/2011


  1. Stargardt macular degeneration. Genetics Home Reference. November 2010; Accessed 2/25/2011.
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  • The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is an catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
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