Images in Clinical Medicine from The New England Journal of Medicine — Lipemia Retinalis Associated with Secondary Hyperlipidemia. BACKGROUND: Lipemia retinalis is a rare condition characterized by creamy, white colored vessels. It is directly related to the levels of plasma triglycerides. We report the case of a week-old boy presenting with increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Examination revealed lipemia retinalis. Genetic.

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The fundoscopic abnormality cleared as the levels of chilomicrons in plasma dropped. Lipemia retinalis is an asymptomatic condition that can appear when high levels of triglycerides are present in the circulatory system 5. Introduction Lipaemia retinalis is a rare condition which can occur in both primary and secondary hyperlipidemias, It was first described in by Heyl. Chylomicrons are the lipoprotein form in which most of the dietary triglyceride is transported. For this reason, preparations containing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals Zinc were prescribed.

Grade III lipaemia retinalis in a newborn. Lipemia retinalis associated with branch retinal vein occlusion. Eye Lond ; A year-old man with human immunodeficiency virus infection developed cytomegalovirus retinitis in the right eye innecessitating treatment with foscarnet sodium.

The natural history and surgical significance of hyperlipemic retonalis crisis. The serum triglyceride levels of the mother were found to be increased. Int J Pediatr ; 3: This page has been accessed 4, times. Purchase access Subscribe to the journal. Changes seen in this condition include a milky white discoloration of the retinal vessels, beginning lippemia the periphery but progressing to involve the posterior pole as the level of serum triglycerides rises.


The ocular findings result from light scatter induced by the triglyceride-laden chylomicrons in the plasma. Lipemia retinalis is an ocular finding associated with elevated plasma levels of triglycerides.

To our retinnalis there are no more than 60 publications about lipemia retinalis in the world, and in a Brazil no child with hyperlipoproteinemia associated with lipemia retinalis has been found.

Changes in the choroidal vessels give the fundus a salmon-coloured background. The diagnosis of lipemia retinalis is made based on ophthalmoscopic examination demonstrating the appearance of pink to milky white retinal veins and arteries.

Both cases had the same evolution as the one described in this paper: The use of statins also help to lower the serum lipid levels by inhibiting HMG-CoA retinlais thus decreasing de novo cholesterol synthesis and increasing expression of low-density lipoprotein LDL receptors on hepatocytes.

Case Report This paper discusses the case of a year-old patient with lipemia rettinalis, which deteriorated his visual acuity.

The physical exam on a patient with lipemia retinalis includes vital signs, cardiovascular exam, integumentary exam and dilated fundoscopy. Two days after admission she underwent blood transfusion. Once triglyceride levels return to normal, the clinical ocular findings of lipemia retinalis should quickly resolve.

Inan article presented seven cases of hyperlipidemia but all of them in adults 5. In general, plasma triglyceride levels must be at least This can be accomplished by a number of medical treatments for lowering triglyceride and cholesterol. The lipid-lowering therapy may lead to the normalization of the appearance of the fundus and restore the visual acuity. It is difficult to distinguish the arteries from the veins. Our website uses cookies to enhance your experience.


Xanthomas appeared in the face and breast. Received Jun 4; Accepted Nov Lipemia retinalis in a premature infant with type I hyperlipoproteinemia. Inborn errors of metabolism affecting the eye.

Lipaemia Retinalis

The ingestion of fat soluble vitamin supplements is also necessary 3. According to Nagra et al. The left eye fundus after treatment. Reversal of lipemia retinalis with dietary control.

Lipemia retinalis in a 35-day-old infant with hyperlipoproteinemia: case report

Retinalid a free personal account to download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts, and more. VLDL are generally smaller but some reach a dimension of nm. Disorders of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism. This fundus appearance is thought to be related to the scatter of light rretinalis by the triglyceride-laden chylomicrons. This rare condition can appear with some types of hyperlipidemia 2. Characteristic whitish vessels are visible. Patient was reviewed and fundus was normal at last follow up visit at 10 months.

Reversal of lipaemia retinalis with dietary control.

However, it is thought to be the light-scattering effect of chylomicrons which causes the clinical picture in the fundus.