Images in Clinical Medicine from The New England Journal of Medicine — Lipemia Retinalis Associated with Secondary Hyperlipidemia. BACKGROUND: Lipemia retinalis is a rare condition characterized by creamy, white colored vessels. It is directly related to the levels of plasma triglycerides. We report the case of a week-old boy presenting with increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Examination revealed lipemia retinalis. Genetic.

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Lipemia Retinalis

Rua Casa do Ator, – cj. This is the first report to our knowledge of an association between lipemia retinalis and hyperlipidemia related to human immunodeficiency virus infection.

The ingestion of fat soluble vitamin supplements is also necessary 3. It is an autosomal recessive disease with an incidence of less than 1: Photo courtesy of Daniel F. The serum triglyceride levels of the mother were found to be increased.

Lipemia Retinalis – EyeWiki

Lipemia retinalis is an important and reliable parameter of high levels of chilomicrons and triglycerides and should be considered as a significant clue while diagnosing. Plasma cholesterol levels were Vital signs should focus on artherosclerotic changes. The variation of the aspect in the fundus has been graded: First daughter of a consanguineous marriage first cousinsabdominal delivery, full-term uneventful pregnancy, birth weight g, 47 cm length; lipdmia only.

A bibliographic research shows only two cases of lipemia retinalis similar to this one in newborns: Fundus examination disclosed a bilateral stage 1, zone 2 retinopathy of prematurity by international classification.

Lipemia Retinalis in Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Treated With Protease Inhibitors

A year-old man with human immunodeficiency virus infection developed cytomegalovirus retinitis in the right eye innecessitating treatment with foscarnet sodium. After plasmapheresis therapy, delayed transfusion reactions or infection related to the use of central venous catheter can occur days after the treatment, and patients should seek medical attention if signs and symptoms occur.


Two days after admission she underwent blood transfusion. Grandmother with dyslipidemia; first cousin, 7 years, obese, with hypercholesterolemia.

Lipemia retinalis in a day-old infant with hyperlipoproteinemia: case report

The same idea is defended by other authors 7 who justified that we have some cases with elevated levels of chilomicrons and triglycerides that did not present lipemia retinalis suggesting that changes in hematocrit and in the translucence of the retinal and choroid vessels showld be considered. Lipeia this report we describe a 3 month old baby with lipaemia retinalis.

Findings from an examination in September revealed a macula-off retinal detachment in the right eye secondary to inactive cytomegalovirus retinitis. Findings from a fundus examination of the left eye demonstrated whitish vessels most marked in the periphery but extending to the posterior pole Figure 1.

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The lipid-lowering therapy may lead to the normalization of the appearance of the fundus and restore the visual acuity. Individuals with severe hypertriglyceridemia tended to be men His medications included zidovudine, lamivudine, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, rifabutin, and acyclovir.

Retinal lipekia vessels were normal bilaterally.

The baby was referred to our Institute ertinalis an ophthalmological examination as the pediatrician had noticed a dull fundal glow on ophthalmoscopy. This page has been accessed 4, times. The hyperlipoproteinemias and other disorders of lipid metabolism. Footnotes Disclosure The authors have no financial or other relationships that might lead to a conflict of interest. The aspect of grade III has rarely been described 2.


Ocular manifestations of hyperlipoproteinemia.

Sign in to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account. The fundoscopic abnormality cleared as the levels of chilomicrons in plasma dropped. Disorders of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism. Medium chain triglycerides can help because their hydrolysis is not dependent on lipoprotein lipase.

Summary Background Hyperlipidemia is an identified factor of premature vessel atherosclerosis. N Engl J Med ; Disorders of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism.

Subsequent ophthalmologic evaluation was performed 3 days after admissionpupils were isochoric, corneas were transparent, normal ocular tension and ophthalmoscopically a typical fundal picture of lipemia retinalis was noticed in both eyes, all vessels had a creamy aspect and it was difficult to differentiate retinal arterioles from veins Figure 1.

However, it is thought to be the light-scattering effect of chylomicrons which causes the clinical picture in the fundus. Such intensity of age-related macular degeneration at a relatively young age could be caused by irreversible, microscopic damage to choroid and retina. Patient was reviewed and fundus was normal at last follow up visit at 10 months. Lipemia retinalis – an unusual cause of visual acuity deterioration. Both cases had the same evolution as the one described in this paper: At 6 weeks of age, the.