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Unilateral retinal venous beading
  1. Ahmed Fouad Abdel-hay1 and
  2. Vasant Raman2
  1. 1 Royal Eye Infirmary, University hospitals of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
  2. 2 Derriford, Royal Eye Infirmary, Plymouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to Vasant Raman, vasant.raman{at}


Inherited retinal venous beading is a rare retinal vascular disorder that is characterised by tortuosity and beading of the retinal veins. This can potentially lead to vision-threatening complications such as vitreous haemorrhage, macular hard exudation and ischaemia. We report a case of sporadic unilateral retinal venous beading in an 18-year-old white man who was referred by his optician following a routine eye examination. This malformation was unilateral and did not involve any other ocular structure. He had no associated ocular or systemic disorders. When last seen, he did not have any visual complications due to this vascular anomaly.

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  • Contributors AFA-h and VR have contributed equally to this work: concept design, acquisition of data, and analysis and interpretation of data; final approval of the version to be published; agreement to the accountable for the article and to ensure that all the questions regarding the accuracy and integrity of the article are investigated and resolved . AFA-h has contributed to drafting the article. VR has contributed to revising it for important intellectual content.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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