AZOOR - a rare condition!?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Kennara, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. Kennara

    Kennara Guest

    I have a grilfriend whose name is Nancy. About a month ago she woke
    up
    to find that she could not see well enough to put on her makeup. Upon
    examination, she realized that she had a blind spot in her left eye
    that obstructed a good portion of her vision. Then within two weeks,
    it was up to 80%. She has been looked at by many retinal specialists
    in Los Angeles, which have given her everything from macular
    degeneration, to myopia, to a syndrom called Acute Zonal Occult Outer
    Retinopathy. AZOOR has little info that I can find, and one of her
    specialists didn't even know what it was.

    Anyone heard of it? Know of anyone researching it? Support groups?
     
    Kennara, Feb 19, 2007
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  2. Kennara

    Irv Arons Guest

    This may not help, but a retinal specialist was able to find the
    following reference about this condition in his reference material. It
    relates to a letter to the editor of the Brittish Journal of
    Ophthalmology that discussed the condition and various testing
    techniques for evaluating it.

    Here's the link:

    http://bjo.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/84/1/117b

    Here's a brief part of the letter:

    EDITOR,Acute zonal occult outer retinopathy (AZOOR) is a clinical
    syndrome described as acute zonal loss of outer retinal function
    associated with photopsia, minimal or no fundal findings initially,
    full field ERG abnormalities, and visual field loss.1

    Most patients previously reported with AZOOR show abnormal full field
    flash electroretinogram (ERG).1 2

    The diagnosis of the patient reported here is consistent with AZOOR.
    However, she showed a normal full field flash ERG and, interestingly,
    an abnormal multifocal ERG.

    Full credit should go to Dr. Dan Roberts for finding the reference.

    Irv Arons
     
    Irv Arons, Feb 21, 2007
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  3. Kennara

    iliaco Guest

    Hello kenn!!
    The person who has discovered the origin of the illness AZOOR is Luis
    Carrasco. More information about his research at www.luiscarrasco.es.
    He works at the university UAM (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) in
    Madrid, Spain.

    Good luck, my friend!!
     
    iliaco, Mar 12, 2007
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  4. Kennara

    iliaco Guest

    Hello kenn!!
    The person who has discovered the origin of the illness AZOOR is Luis
    Carrasco. More information about his research at www.luiscarrasco.es.
    He works at the university UAM (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) in
    Madrid, Spain.

    Good luck, my friend!!
     
    iliaco, Mar 12, 2007
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