It is possible that the main title of the report Coats Disease is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Coats disease was first described in 1908 and is a rare disorder characterized by abnormal development of the blood vessels in the retina. The retina is a nerve-rich tissue lining the back of the eye that transmits light images to the brain, which allows a person to see. Therefore affected individuals may experience loss of vision due to changes in the retina and, in severe cases, retinal detachment. In almost all cases of Coats disease, only one eye is affected. Rarely, both eyes may be exhibit symptoms however one eye is often affected more than the other. The specific cause of Coats disease is not known.
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