Focal Points 2018 Module: Masquerades of Age-related Macular Degeneration

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Focal Points 2018 Module: Masquerades of Age-related Macular Degeneration

Focal Points 2018 Module: Masquerades of Age-related Macular Degeneration

In the United States age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness among people over 50. AMD is a complex disease with a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations that overlap with multiple masquerade disorders.

An incorrect diagnosis can have serious implications for patients. This Focal Points module discusses the clinical steps, including clinical examination, retinal imaging and evaluations, such as genetic testing, that are necessary to differentiate between AMD and a masquerade syndrome.

Complete this module to:

  • Recognize scenarios suspicious for masquerade syndromes that mimic dry and wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of various masquerade syndromes that cause them to mimic AMD. 
  • Summarize the tools that allow differentiation of AMD masquerade syndromes from AMD in clinical settings.

Authors: Shivani V. Reddy, MD; Rachel M. Huckfeldt, MD, PhD
Consultants: Jordana G. Fein, MD, MS; Heema Kaul, MD, MBA

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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