Annual ophthalmologic exams can better detect optic gliomas in pediatric patients

An annual ophthalmologic examination and screening for precocious puberty in children diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1 is important for early detection of optic gliomas, according to a study. Researchers reviewed medical records of 708 patients younger than 21 years old with a diagnosis of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) in the Southern California Kaiser Permanente electronic medical record database. Thirty patients (4.2%) were found to have a diagnosis of optic glioma; 19 of these patients had bilateral gliomas, seven gliomas were on the right side, and four gliomas were on the (Read more...)

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