Dominant optic atrophy
Other Names for this Disease
- Autosomal dominant optic atrophy
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optic nerve disorder characterized by degeneration of the optic nerves. It typically starts during the first decade of life. Affected people usually develop moderate visual loss and color vision defects. The severity varies and visual acuity can range from normal to legal blindness. About 20% of people with DOA have non-ocular features, such as sensorineural hearing loss; myopathy; peripheral neuropathy; multiple sclerosis-like illness; and spastic paraplegia (impaired function of the legs). These cases may be referred to as 'DOA plus.' DOA is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner and may be caused by a mutation in any of several genes, some of which have not been identified. There is currently no way to prevent or cure DOA, but affected people may benefit from low vision aids.Dominant optic atrophy (DOA) is an inherited
Last updated: 12/27/2015
- Patrick Yu-Wai-Man, Patrick F. Chinnery. Dominant Optic Atrophy: Novel OPA1 Mutations and Revised Prevalence Estimates. Ophthalmology. August, 2013; 117(8):1538-1546.e1. Accessed 11/13/2013.
- Guy Lenaers et. al. Dominant optic atrophy. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. July 9, 2012; 7(46):http://www.ojrd.com/content/7/1/46.
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