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February 1984

Posttraumatic Venous Obstructive Retinopathy Associated With Enlarged Optic Nerve Sheath

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(2):254-256. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040030204027

• A case of posttraumatic unilateral enlargement of the optic nerve sheath associated with a venous obstructive retinopathy and progressive visual loss responded with marked improvement in visual function after nerve sheath decompression. Indirect (closed-head) trauma may be related to the progressive nerve sheath enlargement, venous obstructive retinopathy, and progressive visual loss. It is apparent that a venous stasis retinopathy can result from a posttraumatic optic nerve sheath lesion. Prompt recognition by echographic and/or roentgenographic investigation and subsequent decompression may be curative.