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April 1983

Fundus Changes in Acute Malnutritional Optic Neuropathy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Göteborg (Sweden).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1983;101(4):577-579. doi:10.1001/archopht.1983.01040010577009

• A peculiar dilation and tortuosity of small retinal vessels within the arcuate areas of the retinal nerve fiber layer occurred in a series of patients with acute malnutritional optic neuropathy ("tobacco-alcohol amblyopia"). These evanescent vascular abnormalities may be caused by arteriovenous shunting. They seem to be specific indicators of the early phase of this disease.

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