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March 1968

Corticosteroids in the Treatment of Optic Nerve Involvement: Associated With Thyroid Dysfunction

Author Affiliations

New York
From Institute of Ophthalmology, Presbyterian Hospital, and Department of Ophthalmology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;79(3):279-282. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.03850040281009

The marked beneficial effect of systemic corticosteroids on the vision of ten patients with optic nerve involvement associated with thyroid dysfunction is reported. The drugs must be administered in sufficient dosage and often for long periods of time. Therefore, the complications of corticosteroid therapy may occur, and they must be given as a calculated risk. This risk would appear to be justified when vision is threatened.

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