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March 1985

Foster Kennedy Syndrome

Author Affiliations

Neuro-ophthalmology Division Department of Ophthalmology Pacific Medical Center San Francisco, CA 94120-7999

Arch Neurol. 1985;42(3):205. doi:10.1001/archneur.1985.04060030015003

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To the Editor.  —Thank you for publishing the enjoyable review of the Foster Kennedy syndrome.1 The authors correctly point out that the signs constituting the Foster Kennedy or pseudo-Foster Kennedy syndromes are unilateral optic atrophy and contralateral disc swelling. While Foster Kennedy described these findings in association with frontal masses, the authors discuss nontumoral causes of this clinical picture and reference three excellent discussions of the subject.2-4 In addition, the most common cause, by far, of these findings, bilateral ischemic optic neuropathy, deserves specific mention. This condition may be implied within