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September 1981

Monocular Blindness in Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Neurology (Drs Carlin, Biller, and Toole) and Radiology (Dr Laster), Section of Neuroradiology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.

Arch Neurol. 1981;38(9):600. doi:10.1001/archneur.1981.00510090094016

• The sudden onset of painless monocular blindness was the initial manifestation of a nasopharyngeal cancer in a 78-year-old woman. Computerized cranial tomography demonstrated encasement of the optic nerve by tumor. Examination of the nasopharynx and paranasal sinuses is important in patients with primary neuroophthalmologic complaints.

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