Retinitis Pigmentosa - Treatments

As yet, there is no known cure for Retinitis Pigmentosa. However, intensive research is currently under way to discover the cause, prevention, and treatment of RP. At this time, retinitis pigmentosa researchers have identified a first step in managing Retinitis Pigmentosa. While not a cure, certain doses of vitamin A have been found to slightly slow the progression of retinitis pigmentosa in some individuals. An information packet on this research breakthrough is available from The Foundation. Researchers have found some of the genes that cause retinitis pigmentosa. It is now possible, in some families with X-linked RP or autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa, to perform a test on genetic material from blood and other cells to determine if members of an affected family have one of several Retinitis Pigmentosa genes.


Procedure For Obtaining a Red Blood Cell Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Level

September 23, 2004

1. Patients should fast overnight. If not feasible, fast at least 4 hours prior to the blood draw.

2. Use a 5 ml EDTA - Lavender top vacutainer tub (Becton Dickenson Catalog #DB366452 or #DB367863). Collect about 3 ml of blood in an EDTA tube. The tube should be labeled with the PATIENT'S NAME and the DATE THE BLOOD WAS DRAWN.