Asymptomatic optic disc edema

Richard N. Gordon, Ronald M. Burde, Thomas L. Slamovits

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Abstract

Non-anterior anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION-na) classically presents with visual loss, altitudinal visual field defects, and optic nerve swelling. AION-na presumably occurs secondary to an ischemic event. Two patients are described who were at risk for developing AION-na. Both patients presented with optic disc edema but did not have visual loss or visual field defects. Neither patient developed visual loss or visual field defects in the affected eye throughout one and two years of follow-up respectively. The optic disc edema resolved spontaneously in both affected eyes. The clinical spectrum of AION-na could range from a “full-blown” classic attack to a minimal attack characterized by disc swelling without visual loss. The amount and distribution of disc ischemia determines the individual clinical picture. The failure of either affected eye in this study to develop symptoms likely represents a graded axonal atrophy with mechanical decompression of the optic nerve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-32
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neuro-Ophthalmology
Volume17
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

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Papilledema
Visual Fields
Optic Nerve
Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
Decompression
Atrophy
Ischemia

Keywords

  • Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy
  • Axoplasmic flow
  • Diabetic papillopathy
  • Luxury perfusion
  • Optic nerve edema
  • Relative afferent pupillary defect
  • Visual field

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Neurology

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Gordon, R. N., Burde, R. M., & Slamovits, T. L. (1997). Asymptomatic optic disc edema. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 17(1), 29-32.

Asymptomatic optic disc edema. / Gordon, Richard N.; Burde, Ronald M.; Slamovits, Thomas L.

In: Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1997, p. 29-32.

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Gordon, RN, Burde, RM & Slamovits, TL 1997, 'Asymptomatic optic disc edema', Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 29-32.
Gordon, Richard N. ; Burde, Ronald M. ; Slamovits, Thomas L. / Asymptomatic optic disc edema. In: Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. 1997 ; Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 29-32.
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