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February 1984

Posttraumatic Venous Obstructive Retinopathy Associated With Enlarged Optic Nerve Sheath

Author Affiliations

From the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Miami School of Medicine.

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.

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