Drusen (histology)

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Histology of optic disc drusen.

Image courtesy of Dr Robert Mullins, University of Iowa. Please see case description page for licence and original file information. 

Case Discussion

Druse (singular of drusen) from a human eye. Note the displacement of photoreceptor cells (OS, IS, ONL) due to the presence of the druse. Numerous and large drusen in the macula are associated with increased risk of age-related macular degeneration.

  • INL : inner nuclear layer of the retina
  • ONL : outer nuclear layer
  • IS : inner segments
  • OS : outer segments
  • RPE : retinal pigment epithelium
  • CC : choriocapillaris
  • CH : deeper choroid. 

Author: Dr Robert Mullins, University of Iowa

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Case information

rID: 9474
Published: 22nd Apr 2010
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
Tag: eye
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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