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Are there any links between Neurofibromatosis and Pars planitis?

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Is pars planitis a typical eye finding seen in patients with neurofibromatosis (NF)?

Pars planitis is a disease of the eye in which there is inflammation of the pars plana, a small area of tissue next to the iris. The pars plana makes aqueous humor, the fluid in the eye that nourishes the lens and cornea. Pars planitis is often referred to as intermediate uveitis because the pars plana is a part of the uvea.[1]

After reviewing the medical literature and online resources available to us, we did not find information suggesting a relationship between pars planitis and NF.
Last updated: 6/23/2015

What types of eye conditions may be present in people with neurofibromatosis?

There are eye findings in both neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF1):

Eye abnormalities found NF1 include optic gliomas, which may lead to blindness, and Lisch nodules. Other eye findings can include plexiform neurofibromas on the eyelids and glaucoma.[2]

About one-third of people with NF2 have decreased clearness of vision in one or both eyes. The most common finding is posterior subcapsular lens opacity. Cataracts can be present at birth and amblyopia is common during affected children's early years.[3]
Last updated: 6/23/2015

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