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Small's syndrome

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A syndrome characterized by visual impairment and retinal changes ranging from tortuous vessels to exudative retinitis, neural deafness, muscle weakness, and mental retardation. Myopathic facies and spinal curvature disorders are associated. It affects both sexes and is present from birth. Inheritance is autosomal recessive.

Coats' disease is retinitis exsudativa externa. See under George Coats, Scottish ophthalmologist, 1876-1915.


  • R. G. Small:
    Coats’ disease and muscular dystrophy.
    Transactions of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Oto-Laryngology, Rochester, Minnesota, 1968, 72: 225-231.

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