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Persistent placoid maculopathy

David Kinshuck


Persistent placoid maculopathy

Persistent Placoid Maculopathy








Here is a summary of some of the abbreviations ophthalmologists use in this condition:

anti-VEGF / injection drugs that reduce growth and leaking from the new blood vessels under the retina in ARMD, or on the retina in diabetes etc. They are given by injection into the eye. Avastin, Lucentis, Eyela.
ARM age-related macular disease = age-related macular degeneration = ARMD
ARMD age-related macular degeneration
Classic CNV easy-to-see neovascular ARMD    (based on angiogram) blood vessels growing under the retina and leaking
CNV choroidal new vessels (i.e. neovascular macular degeneration, or 'wet'). Blood vessels growing through the retina under the macula. Also called CCNV.
CNVM or CNVm a choroidal neovascular membrane, that is a network of CNV, although in practice this means the same thing as CNV
CSR central serous retinopathy
drusen a type of aging change of the retina...tiny white spots/areas
dry ARMD thinning (and other changes) of the central retina
FFA fluorescein angiography
Fovea the very centre of the macula
GP general practitioner
ICG indocyanine green angiography
IRF, irf intraretinal fluid (an OCT scan finding)
macula the centre of the retina that sees detailed vision like faces and reading
neovascularisation similar meaning to wet armd
NSD, nsd Neurosensory detachment
OCT / scans optical coherence tomogram: a 3 dimensional photograph of the macula, called a scan
Occult CNV hard-to-see neovascular ARMD (based on angiogram) blood vessels growing under the retina and leaking (but the leakage is late) (type 1 CNV)
PCV Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy
PDT photodynamic therapy (for classic sub-foveal neovascular ARMD )   
PED pigment epithelial detachment, a type of wet ARMD
RAP, rap retinal angiomatous proliferation (type 3 cnv)
Rip a pigment epithelial rip or tear
SRF subretinal fluid (not subretinal fibrosis)
Subretinal fluid fluid under the retina typically type 2 cnv (or part of other types)
VEGF Vascular endothelial growth factor...the main chemical that makes blood vessels grow in ARMD
VMC Virtual macular clinic..patients attend for an OCT and the scan is interpreted later, and the patient contact if another anti-vegf injection is needed
wet (armd) wet age-related macular degeneration, with CNV as above (blood vessels growing and leaking under the retina, usually under the macula)