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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Lisch nodules

Contributor: Jesse Vislisel, MD

Photographers: Ed Heffron, Brice Critser, CRA

Lisch nodules are melanocytic hamartomas of the iris, often associated with neurofibromatosis (NF) I. They are usually elevated and tan in appearance. Their incidence in NF1 increases with age and their prevalence raises by about 10% per year of life, up to age 9. These photographs show the various appearances of these nodules in 3 different patients with NF1.

Lisch Nodules, patient 1

Patient 2, lisch nodules

Photos of patient 1 and 2 by Brice Critser, CRA

patient 3 iris

Zoomed image of patient 3 iris

Photos of patient 3 by Ed Heffron

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last updated: 02/25/2015
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