Bilateral optic atrophy caused by chronic oral ingestion and topical application of hexachlorophene

Thomas L. Slamovits, Ronald M. Burde, Terence G. Klingele

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A 31-year-old woman ingested hexachlorophene (pHisoHex) over a tenmonth period. She developed bilateral optic atrophy with no other systemic evidence of neurotoxicity. This case supports pathologists' findings that the optic nerve and chiasm are particularly sensitive to the poisonous effects of hexachlorophene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-691
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1980
Externally publishedYes


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  • Ophthalmology

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