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Article
October 1946

RETROBULBAR NEURITIS AND COMPLETE HEART BLOCK CAUSED BY DIGITALIS POISONING: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

Fellow in Ophthalmology, Mayo Foundation ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Section on Ophthalmology (Dr. Wagener) and the Section on Medicine (Dr. Smith), the Mayo Clinic.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1946;36(4):478-483. doi:10.1001/archopht.1946.00890210486003
Abstract

ALTHOUGH disturbances of vision resulting from, digitalis intoxication have been described in many forms and by many investigators, no definite instance of retrobulbar neuritis caused by digitalis poisoning appears to have been reported in the literature. Recently, Carroll1 reported 6 cases of colored vision caused by digitalis intoxication. No defects in the visual fields were present in these cases. In a discussion of his own paper,2 he mentioned that Dr. D. F. Gillette, of Syracuse, N. Y., had observed 2 cases of retrobulbar neuritis resulting from digitalis poisoning. These cases, as yet, have not been reported in the literature.

Colored vision is a rather common visual manifestation of digitalis poisoning. The chromatopsia is most common for yellow or green, but red, brown, blue or white vision has been described.3 Langdon and Mulberger3d stated that a relative central scotoma was present in case 4 of their series,

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