Latex Degeneration

The frequency of latex degeneration was found to be 8% in an ample clinical study and 10.7% in autopsy studies. The lesions are bilateral and symmetrical in 48.1% of cases, and the frequency increases after the second decade of life. The majority of the lesions, located in the preequatorial region, are orientated according to the circumference and more frequently in the vertical meridian (Byer, 1989). Latex lesions appear like a thinning of the retina; they can also look like a plait caused by sclerotic vessels and may have variable pigmentation resulting from hypertrophy of the RPE. Histological latex degeneration is characterized by an overlying sack of vitreous fluid, absence of the ILM, vitreous condensation at the margins, hyperplasia of the glial cells and at the edges of the RPE, in some cases, thinning and the formation of retinal holes at the center of the lesion, sclerosis of the major blood vessels, sclerosis and acellularity of the capillaries hypertrophy, and hyperplasia of the RPE.

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