Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) is a hereditary disorder that can cause progressive vision loss. This condition affects the retina, the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye, by preventing blood vessels from forming at the edges of the retina. This reduces the blood supply to retina. The signs and symptoms include vision loss or blindness, retinal detachment, strabismus, and a visible whiteness (leukocoria) in the normally black pupil. The severity of FEVR varies widely, even within the same family. Many people with this condition do not experience any vision problems.FEVR has different inheritance patterns depending on the gene involved. Most individuals have the autosomal dominant form of this condition, caused by mutations in the FZD4 or LRP5 gene. FEVR caused by LRP5 gene mutations can also have an autosomal recessive inheritance. When this condition is caused by mutations in the NDP gene, it has an X-linked pattern of inheritance.
Making a diagnosis for a genetic or rare disease can often be challenging. Healthcare professionals typically look at a person’s medical history, symptoms, physical exam, and laboratory test results in order to make a diagnosis. The following resources provide information relating to diagnosis and testing for this condition. If you have questions about getting a diagnosis, you should contact a healthcare professional.
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We have a young child who was diagnosed with familial exudative vitreoretinopathy but there is no history of anything even closely similar in either side of our son’s genetic background going back three generations. So as you might expect, my wife and I are wondering where it came from, what triggered it and how will this impact his lineage. See answer
My child has fevr. She also has other medical problems, and I am trying to find out if they are linked together with this disease. Could you please tell me if there are other children with this and what there outcomes have been? See answer
I am a teacher and I have a student with FEVR. I would like to know if there are any strategies for me to implement to help him. He has undergone laser surgery and wears glasses. He is a second grader and I would like him to meet with success. See answer