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July 1939

VISUAL DISTURBANCES ASSOCIATED WITH TUMORS OF THE TEMPORAL LOBE

Author Affiliations

DETROIT; ROCHESTER, MINN.

From the Section on Ophthalmology, the Mayo Clinic (Dr. Bair).

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;42(1):21-43. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270190029002
Abstract

There were 292 cases in which a diagnosis of tumor of the temporal lobe was made at the Mayo Clinic prior to 1937. In 211 of these the diagnosis was verified by biopsy of the tumor, by necropsy or by removal of typical gliomatous cystic fluid. These 211 cases are the basis of the present study, which is concerned only with the visual disturbances in such cases. Studies of other aspects of the symptomatology and diagnosis, based on the same series of cases, will be presented in later publications. A statistical analysis has been made of all the signs and symptoms which the patients displayed. The microscopic slides of the specimens obtained at biopsy have been reexamined. Necropsy specimens of the brains of 52 of the patients were obtained and examined in an attempt to correlate the associated signs and symptoms with the situation, size and type of each tumor.

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