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Retinitis pigmentosa


Other Names for this Disease
  • RP
  • Rod-Cone Dystrophy
Related Diseases
  • Retinitis pigmentosa 1
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa 11
  • Retinitis pigmentosa 12
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa 13
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa 14
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Treatment

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Can retinitis pigmentosa (RP) be cured? How might this condition be treated?

While there is no known cure for RP, there are a few treatment options such as light avoidance and/or the use of low-vision aids which may help to slow the progression of the disease. Some practitioners also consider vitamin A as a possible treatment option. However, taking too much vitamin A can be toxic and the effects of vitamin A on the disease appear to be relatively weak. More research is needed before this can become a widely accepted form of treatment. The future of treatment for RP may also include gene therapy, retinal transplantation, and the utilization of a retinal prosthesis.[1]

More detailed information related to the management of RP can be accessed through GeneReviews and the Treatment and Medication sections of Medscape Reference.

Last updated: 9/7/2012

References
  1. Learning About Retinitis Pigmentosa. National Human Genome Research Institute Web site. December 2010; http://www.genome.gov/13514348. Accessed 9/7/2012.


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Management Guidelines

  • GeneReviews provides current, expert-authored, peer-reviewed, full-text articles describing the application of genetic testing to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of patients with specific inherited conditions.

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Retinitis pigmentosa. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
  • Orphanet lists European clinical trials, research studies, and patient registries enrolling people with this condition. 
Other Names for this Disease
  • RP
  • Rod-Cone Dystrophy
Related Diseases
  • Retinitis pigmentosa 1
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa 11
  • Retinitis pigmentosa 12
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa 13
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa 14
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.