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August 1986

Permanent Visual Impairment in Childhood Pseudotumor Cerebri

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston (Dr Lessell), and the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology (Pediatric Neurology), Boston University School of Medicine and Boston City Hospital (Dr Rosman).

Arch Neurol. 1986;43(8):801-804. doi:10.1001/archneur.1986.00520080045018

• Contrary to statements in the literature, youth does not seem to confer protection from visual loss in pseudotumor cerebri. We examined five children and adolescents who suffered permanent loss of visual acuity or field in association with this disorder. All of them had impairment at the time of diagnosis, and two of the five developed further visual failure while under observation. Children and adolescents with pseudotumor should be kept under the same close ophthalmic surveillance as has been advocated for adults with this disease.

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