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March 1969

Transient Visual Cortical Defects Associated With Paroxysmal HypertensionIn Patients With Traumatic Spinal Cord Transections

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1969;81(3):325-327. doi:10.1001/archopht.1969.00990010327004

Two patients are presented who demonstrated transient visual cortical defects following episodes of paroxysmal hypertension. Both patients were quadraplegic as a result of cervical spinal cord injuries. The hypertension was a part of the autonomic hyperreflexia syndrome commonly seen in patients with traumatic spinal cord transections.

The visual disturbances consisted of a partial homonymous hemianopsia in the first patient, and concentric constriction of the visual fields with markedly reduced central acuity in the second. Full recovery occurred within several days in both.