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September 1950

SURGICAL TREATMENT OF TUMORS OF THE OPTIC NERVEReport of a Case

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO
From the Department of Neurology and Neurological Surgery of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, the Chicago Memorial Hospital and the Woodlawn Hospital.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1950;44(3):411-418. doi:10.1001/archopht.1950.00910020420009
Abstract

THE REPORTED cases of primary tumor of the optic nerve now number over 400. Davis1 has given an excellent review of the literature and discussed the pathology of gliomas of the optic nerve, with emphasis on the relation of these tumors to von Recklinghausen's neurofibromatosis. In this paper we wish to present a case of glioma of the optic nerve and emphasize the advantages of the newer surgical technics for dealing with these tumors.

The majority (at least two thirds) of optic nerve tumors are gliomas, and the remainder are meningiomas, with a few rare exceptions.2 The gliomas occur predominantly in children, while meningiomas are commoner in adults and are, of course, not tumers of the optic nerve, strictly speaking. The tumors may involve only the intraorbital portion of the nerve or only the intracranial portion or both. The intraorbital neoplasms produce unilateral, painless exophthalmos and failing vision

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