Familial exudative vitroretinopathy (FEVR)

(OMIM phenotype number #601813)

Familial exudative vitroretinopathy (FEVR) is an inherited disorder, caused by mutation in the LRP5 gene. FEVR is characterized by an abnormal development of the retinal vessels, particularly in the temporal retinal periphery, resulting to several variable manifestations, ranging from asymptomatic to complete blindness. Visual problems are caused by this progressive vascular anomalies and by various complications such as retinal neovascularization, exudates, fibrovascular proliferation, retinal folds, optic disc dragging, and retinal detachment. FZD4, LRP5, and TSPAN12 genes mutations, have been described as responsible for autosomal dominant form of FEVR, LRP5 gene mutation for autosomal recessive form, and NDP gene mutation for X-linked form. The encoded proteins of these four genes are involved in the wingless (Wnt) signaling pathway, which monitor retinal vascular development. Recessive LRP5 mutations are known to be responsible of osteoporosis pseudoglioma syndrome (OPPG) (see also OPPG), characterized by low bone mass and congenital or infancy onset blindness. Similarly, low bone mass has been described also in the heterozygous mutation carriers in OPPG families and in FEVR patients with dominant LRP5 mutations.


LRP5 gene, 11q13.1 (OMIM gene/locus number #603506). LRP5 gene, encoding low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 5.


Decreased visual acuity, blindness, falciform retinal folds, tractional retinal detachment, macular ectopia, retinal exudates, vitreous detachment, subcapsular opacities peripheral retinal avascularization, neovascularization, vitreous hemorrhage, horizontal pendular nystagmus, and decreased bone mineral density.


Fig. Clinical pictures of family members showing classic features of FEVR. (A) Fundus photograph of the proband’s left eye taken at age 17. White glial tisssue is visible at the disc with the suggestion of a hyaloid artery remnant running forward into the vitreous. (B, C) Fundus photographs of an other patient taken at age 12. In the right eye (B) a strand within the vitreous associated with glial tissue appears to obscure the posterior pole. In the left eye (C) there is slight straightening of the temporal arcades. (D) Fundus photograph of the right eye of an other patien taken at age 10. Extensive vitreoretinal traction is seen distorting the retinal vessels emerging from the disc and producing a ‘‘dragged disc’’ appearance.

Reproduced from Br J Ophthalmol,Paul SA, Simon SS, Karthik AK, et al., volume 90, pages 1163-7, copyright notice 2006 with permission from BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

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