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Astrocytic Hamartoma of Retina

Astrocytic hamartoma of the retina is a yellow white intraretinal lesion that can also occur in the peripheral fundus or in the optic disc region. The lesion may be homogeneous or it may contain glistening foci of calcification (Fig. 8.15). Unlike retinal capillary hemangioma, it does not generally produce significant exudation or retinal detachment. Patients with astrocytic hamartoma of the retina should be evaluated for tuberous sclerosis, characterized by intracranial astrocytoma, cardiac rhabdomyoma, renal angiomyolipoma, pleural cysts, and other tumors and cysts.

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