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January 1963

Craniopharyngioma Presenting with Acute Blindness: A Case Report

Author Affiliations

Fellow in Neurosurgery, Present Address: Bombay Hospital, Marine Lines, Bombay, India (Dr. Bhagwati), and Assistant Neurologist, Children's Memorial Hospital (Dr. Vuckovich).
Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology, Children's Memorial Hospital.

Arch Neurol. 1963;8(1):101-104. doi:10.1001/archneur.1963.00460010117014

The occurrence of acute total blindness without optic disc changes or any systemic abnormalities is rare with craniopharyngioma. The literature1-11,17,21-25,30,31 shows only 3 such recorded cases, 1 by Grant13 and 2 by Walsh.28 One case reported by Duffy6 and one by Wertheimer and Corradi30 also experienced acute visual failure, but the visual loss was incomplete. The possibility of such cases being misdiagnosed as retrobulbar neuritis has prompted the present report.

Report of a Case  A 17-month-old female child was admitted to Children's Memorial Hospital on Oct. 2, 1961, with the history that she had been well until 10 days earlier, when she started to stumble and to walk into walls. The parents thought that the child was unable to see, although she had intervals when she appeared normal and walked without stumbling. The loss of vision increased, and the parents thought that for the last

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