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Clinical and Genetic Studies of X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified August 1, 2016 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Eye Institute (NEI) ) Identifier:
First received: February 15, 2003
Last updated: April 21, 2017
Last verified: August 1, 2016

This study will explore the causes and eye problems of X-linked juvenile retinoschisis (XLRS), an inherited disease that causes vision loss primarily in young males. The vision loss, which worsens over time, is a result of schisis, or splitting, of the layers of the retina (tissue that lines the back of the eye). A better understanding of why and how XLRS develops might lead to improved treatments.

Patients 9 months of age and older with XLRS and females who are suspected carriers of the gene responsible for the disease (such as the mother of the patient) may be eligible for this study. Other family members of patients also may be enrolled.

Patients will undergo the following tests and procedures:

  • Personal and family medical history to review past and current medical conditions and treatments, particularly regarding eye disease, and to construct a family tree.
  • Eye examination to assess visual acuity (eye chart test) and examine pupils, lens, retina, and eye movements. The pupils will be dilated with drops for this examination.
  • Photography of the retina to help evaluate the status of the retina.
  • Specialized eye tests to evaluate color vision, field of vision, and ability to see in the dark.
  • Electroretinogram (ERG) to examine what happens to the eyes after a flash of bright light. For this test, the patient sits in a dark room for 30 minutes with his or her eyes patched. Then, a small silver disk electrode is taped to the forehead, the eye patches are removed, the surface of the eye is numbed with eye drops and contact lenses are placed on the eyes. The patient looks inside a large empty bowl and then a light flashes, first in the dark and then with a light turned on inside the bowl. The contact lenses sense small electrical signals generated by the retina when the light flashes.
  • Blood test to examine DNA for genetic study of XLRS.

Family members will provide a blood sample for genetic study.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Family-Based
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis - Clinical and Molecular Studies

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Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Estimated Enrollment: 500
Study Start Date: February 12, 2003
Detailed Description:


The overall goal of this protocol is to better understand the etiology of XLRS disease to facilitate further research to identify a potential treatment for the disease. The specific primary objectives of this study are to:

  1. Investigate the relationship between genotype and phenotype in X-Linked Retinoschisis by correlating four phenotype severity classes with two classes of genotypes (refer to Section 7. for definitions). This is the first step in developing a comprehensive genotype-phenotype correlation.
  2. Characterize the anatomical and functional characteristics of retinoschisis to refine the phenotype scale and investigate and characterize specific XLRS1 mutations to generate a well-documented genotype-phenotype correlation map.

With the opportunity to study the genotypes and phenotypes of many affected males and the genotype of family members, a secondary objective of this study will be to develop a detailed pedigree for affected families. This information may be used to develop preliminary risk estimates for potential carrier females.

Study Population:

Up to 500 participants may enroll in this study. A minimum of 150 of participants are expected to be males diagnosed with X-Linked Retinoschisis. Participants may be recruited from the NIH and also from participating off-site locations. The quality of the genetic observation is directly proportional to the number of affected individuals and genetically-different families enrolled.


This natural history, multi-center, registry study to enroll males diagnosed with X-Linked Retinoschisis and the family members of affected individuals. Onsite affected males will undergo clinical examination and have their blood drawn for genotyping. Onsite unaffected participants will undergo eye examinations. Blood may also be drawn from the onsite unaffected participants but this is not required. Sites outside of NIH are participating as referral centers to accumulate the cohort. Offsite affected male participants will forward a blood sample and records from previous eye examinations to the NEI for review and analysis. Offsite unaffected participants will forward records from previous eye examinations and may provide a blood sample although this is not required.

Outcome Measures:

The primary outcome is the categorization of the proband s genotype and phenotype and determination of the relationship between the two.


Ages Eligible for Study:   9 Months and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Eligible participants must satisfy one of the criteria below:

  • Male diagnosed with X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis (proband). A proband will be defined as the first X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis diagnosed male in a given family who contacts the NIH for participation in the study; or
  • Female who is a suspected carrier (i.e., mother of proband); or
  • Other relative of proband including affected and unaffected males and females.

The participant (or the participant s legal guardian) understands and signs this protocol s informed consent document and minor participants between the ages of 7 and 17 must provide assent.


Affected males will be ineligible for participation if:

  • The participant has a significant media opacity or other obstruction precluding a complete fundus examination including retinal photography.
  • The participant is unwilling or unable to contribute a blood sample for genotyping if there is not existing genetic analysis data from a documented family member.

Both affected and unaffected individuals will be ineligible for participation if:

  • The participant is younger than two years (seen at the NIH) or younger than nine months (participating offsite through medical record review and blood submission).
  • The participant is unable to cooperate with study procedures without anesthesia.
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00055029

Contact: Amy E Turriff (301) 402-4175
Contact: Paul A Sieving, M.D. (301) 496-2234

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL)    800-411-1222 ext TTY8664111010   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Eye Institute (NEI)
Principal Investigator: Paul A Sieving, M.D. National Eye Institute (NEI)
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: National Eye Institute (NEI) Identifier: NCT00055029     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 030033
Study First Received: February 15, 2003
Last Updated: April 21, 2017

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Genomic DNA
Pedigree Analysis
Genetic Analysis
Macular Degeneration
Juvenile Retinoschisis
X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Retinal Degeneration
Retinal Diseases
Eye Diseases processed this record on April 24, 2017