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November 1937

AN UNCLASSIFIED TYPE OF OPTIC NEURITIS: REPORT OF CASES

Author Affiliations

ATLANTA, GA.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;18(5):777-788. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850110093007
Abstract

The etiology of optic neuritis covers a wide range of known possible factors, but after these factors have been carefully eliminated there remains a group of cases in which no cause can be found. These cases we classify as instances of acute infectious optic neuritis.

In the last nine months we have observed seven such cases, in which the optic disks presented a swelling varying from 1 to 6 D. In all there was sudden loss of vision with central scotomas, and in two there was no perception of light. In one case, in which the patient was first examined in 1931, we made a diagnosis of optic neuritis of unknown cause. The patient returned in February 1937, showing advanced consecutive atrophy but vision of 20/30 in each eye. Another patient, who had sudden temporary loss of vision in 1932, came to us first in March 1937. She showed

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