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Lateral Neck Lesions with Vision Changes


Am Fam Physician. 2016 Dec 1;94(11):921-922.

A 39-year-old man presented with bilateral blurry vision that began suddenly three days prior. He did not have any recent eye injuries, irritation, pain, or drainage. He had no other symptoms.

Physical examination revealed normal conjunctiva and sclera without erythema, discharge, or foreign body; the pupils were normal. Funduscopy showed abnormal streaks in a spoke-like pattern extending from the optic disc. Confluent, yellow papules and plaques were observed on the lateral aspects of the neck (Figure 1). The skin changes had developed during middle school, and the patient attributed it to a birthmark. The lesions were not painful or pruritic.

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Figure 1.

Figure 1.


Based on the patient's history and physical examination findings, which one of the following is the most likely diagnosis?

A. Cutis laxa.

B. Dermatofibrosis lenticularis disseminata.

C. Hyperl

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