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January 1980

Metastatic Infiltration of Nerves in the Cavernous Sinus

Author Affiliations

From the Neuro-ophthalmology Unit, Departments of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, and Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco. Dr Unsöld is a Fellow in Neuroophthalmology from the Karl Ludwig University, Department of Ophthalmology, Freiburg/Br, West Germany. Dr Safran is a Visiting Fellow from the University Department of Ophthalmology, Geneva, Switzerland.

Arch Neurol. 1980;37(1):59-61. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500500089018

• Painful dysesthesia in association with ocular motor palsies characterized intraneural carcinomatous invasion in a 48-year-old man. Transcranial biopsy of the cavernous sinus stopped the pain; the specimen confirmed the diagnosis and provided the rationale for radiation therapy. One year after treatment, the patient was healthy and pain-free, with improved ocular motor function. The source of the carcinoma remains unknown.

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