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  • Is there a cure for my brother’s retinitis pigmentosa?


    Question:

    My brother is 30 and has retinitis pigmentosa. Based on genetic testing, homozygous mutation in the gene TUPL1 has been detected. Is there a cure for these patients?


    Answer:

    Currently, there are no cures for patients with retinitis pigmentosa, regardless of the genetics. However, given that he has an identified mutation, you and he should be optimistic that he may benefit from gene therapy in the future. In addition, there are several lines of regenerative vision research that are ongoing and promising.


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