Clinical findings in eyes with BEST1-related retinopathy complicated by choroidal neovascularization

Mai Miyagi, Jun Takeuchi, Yoshito Koyanagi, Kei Mizobuchi, Takaaki Hayashi, Yasuki Ito, Hiroko Terasaki, Koji M. Nishiguchi, Shinji Ueno

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


Purpose: To determine the characteristics of eyes diagnosed with Best vitelliform macular dystrophy (BVMD) and autosomal recessive bestrophinopathy (ARB) complicated by choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Methods: This was a retrospective, multicenter observational case series. Fourteen genetically confirmed BVMD patients and 9 ARB patients who had been examined in 2 ophthalmological institutions in Japan were studied. The findings in a series of ophthalmic examinations including B-scan optical coherence tomography (OCT) and OCT angiography (OCTA) were reviewed. Results: CNV was identified in 5 eyes (17.9%) of BVMD patients and in 2 eyes (11.1%) of ARB patients. Three of 5 eyes with BVMD were classified as being at the vitelliruptive stage and 2 eyes at the atrophic stage. The CNV in 2 BVMD eyes were diagnosed as exudative because of acute visual acuity reduction, retinal hemorrhage, and intraretinal fluid, while the CNV in 3 BVMD eyes and 2 ARB eyes were diagnosed as non-exudative. The visual acuity of the two eyes with exudative CNV did not improve despite anti-VEGF treatments. None of the eyes with non-exudative CNV had a reduction of their visual acuity for at least 4 years. All of the CNV were located within hyperreflective materials which were detected in 16 eyes (57.1%) of the BVMD eyes and in 7 eyes (38.9%) of the ARB eyes. Conclusions: CNV is a relatively common complication in BEST1-related retinopathy in Asian population as well. The prognosis of eyes with exudative CNV is not always good, and OCTA can detect CNV in eyes possessing hyperreflective materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1125-1137
Number of pages13
JournalGraefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 04-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


Dive into the research topics of 'Clinical findings in eyes with BEST1-related retinopathy complicated by choroidal neovascularization'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this