Journal article

Aetiology of congenital and paediatric cataract in an Australian population

MG Wirth, IM Russell-Eggitt, JE Craig, JE Elder, DA Mackey

British Journal of Ophthalmology | BRITISH MED JOURNAL PUBL GROUP | Published : 2002

Abstract

BACKGROUND/AIM: Paediatric cataract is a major cause of childhood blindness. Several genes associated with congenital and paediatric cataracts have been identified. The aim was to determine the incidence of cataract in a population, the proportion of hereditary cataracts, the mode of inheritance, and the clinical presentation. METHODS: The Royal Children's Hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital have a referral base for almost all paediatric patients with cataracts in south eastern Australia. The database contains cases seen over the past 25 years. The medical histories of these patients were reviewed. RESULTS: 421 patients with paediatric cataract were identified, which gives ..

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