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Corneal dystrophy Avellino type

Prevalence estimates on Rare Medical Network websites are calculated based on data available from numerous sources, including US and European government statistics, the NIH, Orphanet, and published epidemiologic studies. Rare disease population data is recognized to be highly variable, and based on a wide variety of source data and methodologies, so the prevalence data on this site should be assumed to be estimated and cannot be considered to be absolutely correct.


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Autosomal dominant A pathogenic variant in only one gene copy in each cell is sufficient to cause an autosomal dominant disease.


Autosomal recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of each gene of the chromosome are needed to cause an autosomal recessive disease and observe the mutant phenotype.


dominant X-linked dominant inheritance, sometimes referred to as X-linked dominance, is a mode of genetic inheritance by which a dominant gene is carried on the X chromosome.


recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of a gene on the X chromosome cause an X-linked recessive disorder.


Mitochondrial or multigenic Mitochondrial genetic disorders can be caused by changes (mutations) in either the mitochondrial DNA or nuclear DNA that lead to dysfunction of the mitochondria and inadequate production of energy.

Multigenic or multifactor Inheritance involving many factors, of which at least one is genetic but none is of overwhelming importance, as in the causation of a disease by multiple genetic and environmental factors.


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Other names (AKA)

CDA; Avellino corneal dystrophy; Granular-lattice (Avellino) corneal dystrophy;


Congenital and Genetic Diseases; Eye diseases


Corneal dystrophy, Avellino type is an inherited condition that affects the stromal or central layer of the cornea. It results in the development of small particles or granules (like breadcrumbs) on the cornea (known as granular corneal dystrophy) and the development of lesions that resemble cracked glass (known as lattice corneal dystrophy). These eye lesions usually develop on the stromal layer before age 20. As affected individuals age, the lesions may become larger, more prominent, and involve the entire stromal layer. Some older individuals have decreased clarity of vision (decreased visual acuity) due to clouding of the cornea (opacity). Recurrent erosions of the eye from the granules may develop in some cases.[1][2]

The first reported cases could be traced to the Avellino region of Italy, which is how this form of the condition was named. Recent reports have described families from all around the world with this condition. The Avellino type of corneal dystrophy is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner and is caused by mutations in the TGFBI gene.[1][2]


This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.

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Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO
Autosomal dominant inheritance
Lattice corneal dystrophy
Reduced visual acuity
Decreased clarity of vision


Making a diagnosis for a genetic or rare disease can often be challenging. Healthcare professionals typically look at a person’s medical history, symptoms, physical exam, and laboratory test results in order to make a diagnosis. The following resources provide information relating to diagnosis and testing for this condition. If you have questions about getting a diagnosis, you should contact a healthcare professional.

Testing Resources

  • The Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) provides information about the genetic tests for this condition. The intended audience for the GTR is health care providers and researchers. Patients and consumers with specific questions about a genetic test should contact a health care provider or a genetics professional.


    There is no cure for this condition and treatment usually focuses on alleviating symptoms, especially when vision becomes significantly impaired. Penetrating keratoplasty, which is a surgical procedure where a damaged or diseased cornea is entirely replaced by donated corneal tissue (graft), can improve vision at least temporarily but deposits tend to recur. LASIK eye surgery has been reported to exacerbate the number and density of the eye opacities. Patients treated with phototherapeutic keratectomy (PRK), which is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to remove tissue from the cornea, may do better and can retain corneal clarity for a decade or more.[2][3][4]


    Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.

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      These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.

      In-Depth Information

      • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
      • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
      • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
      • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Corneal dystrophy Avellino type. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.


        1. Corneal Dystrophies. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). Accessed 4/6/2011.
        2. Corneal dystrophy, Avellino type. Online Mendelian Inheritance of Man (OMIM). June 2009; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/omim/607541. Accessed 4/6/2011.
        3. Han KE, Kim T et al.. Eye & Contact Lens. 2010; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20724852. Accessed 4/6/2011.
        4. Corneal dystrophy, Avellino type. Hereditary Ocular Disease. The University of Arizona. https://disorders.eyes.arizona.edu/disorders/corneal-dystrophy-avellino-type. Accessed 4/6/2011.

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