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November 1986

Ocular Findings in Childhood Lactic Acidosis

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology (Drs Hayasaka, Yamaguchi, and Mizuno) and Pediatrics (Drs Miyabayashi, Narisawa, and Tada), Tohoku University School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan. Dr Hayasaka is now with Shimane Medical University, Izumo, Japan.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(11):1656-1658. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050230094040

• We examined ophthalmologically nine children with lactic acidosis. All showed abnormal ocular findings. Optic atrophy was present in six patients, nystagmus in three, blepharoptosis in one, cataract in one, and limitation on abduction in one. We believe that optic atrophy is the most frequent ocular finding and that nystagmus and ophthalmoplegia are common associations in patients with childhood lactic acidosis.

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