Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Congenital Cataracts Evaluation

The evaluation of congenital cataracts begins with a medical history and physical examination.

The diagnosis of congenital cataracts can be made on physical examination.

Physical findings of congenital cataracts include:

  • A white cataract may be visible on the lens of the eye

Tests that may be used to evaluate congenital cataracts include:
  • Blood testing for toxoplasmosis, rubella, cytomegalovirus, and herpes.
  • CT scanning of the orbits and brain may be used to evaluate infants for abnormalities of these areas.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Congenital Cataracts References
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