PRA, Rod-Cone Dysplasia 3 (PRA-rcd3)


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Other Names:
Rod-cone dysplasia 3, PRA-rcd3
Autosomal Recessive
1 bp deletion (del A)
Affected Gene(s):
Affected Breed(s):
Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Chinese Crested, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Pomeranian

Common Symptoms

Progressive retinal atrophy, Rod-cone dysplasia 3 is an inherited eye disease affecting dogs. Progressive retinal atrophy, Rod-cone dysplasia 3 occurs as a result of degeneration of both rod and cone type photoreceptor cells of the retina, which are important for vision in dim and bright light, respectively. Affected dogs have abnormal thinning and degeneration of the retina beginning around 4 weeks of age. Signs of progressive retinal atrophy including changes in reflectivity and appearance of a structure behind the retina called the tapetum that can be observed on a veterinary eye exam by 6 to 16 weeks of age. Rod photoreceptor cells degenerate first resulting in loss of peripheral vision and night vision. As the disease progresses, cone photoreceptor cells also degenerate resulting in complete blindness. Most affected dogs are completely blind by 1 year of age, but some may retain limited sight until 3 to 4 years of age.


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