Alteration of rod and cone function in children with Usher syndrome

Eva Malm, Vesna Ponjavic, Claes Möller, William J. Kimberling, Edwin S. Stone, Sten Andréasson

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PURPOSE. To evaluate the retinal function, with emphasis on phenotype and rate of progression, in infants and children with different genotypes of Usher syndrome. METHODS. Fourteen children (2-10 years of age) with retinitis pigmentosa and hearing impairment were examined with full-field electroretinography (ERG) during general anesthesia, ophthalmologic examination, and genetic analysis. Five children were repeatedly examined (follow-up 5-10 years) with full-field ERG under local anesthesia and in 2 children multifocal ERG and optical coherence tomography (OCT) were performed. These results were compared to full-field ERG data from 58 children without retinal eye disorder. RESULTS. Six children were genotyped as Usher 1B, 2A, and 3A. Full-field ERG demonstrated early alterations corresponding to a rod-cone dystrophy in all children. A remaining rod function could be verified in the majority of the children up to 4 years of age. After 4 years of age, there was a further deterioration of the rod function; the progress was severe in Usher types 1 and 2 and moderate in Usher type 3. In all children, the cone function was moderately reduced, in a few cases almost normal. The results from the 58 children without retinal disorder confirm that full-field ERG during general anesthesia is reliable. Multifocal ERG confirmed a preserved central cone function and in OCT there were discrete structural alterations. CONCLUSIONS. Full-field ERG during general anesthesia in children with Usher syndrome demonstrates variable phenotypes and different degrees in rate of progression during childhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-38
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean journal of ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Electroretinography
  • General anesthesia
  • Usher syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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