How are optic disc changes characterized in sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Mark Ventocilla, OD, FAAO; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy, Sr, MD  more...
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Intravascular occlusions on the surface of the optic disc appear ophthalmoscopically as dark-red intravascular spots. These occlusions are transient and do not produce any clinical impairment. [8] These changes are most common in hemoglobin SS disease but can also occur in patients with hemoglobin SC and hemoglobin S.


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