68 results match your criteria Toxic Nutritional Optic Neuropathy


Surv Ophthalmol 2022 May 18. Epub 2022 May 18.

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.

A 77-year-old man presented with the complaint of a painless decrease in vision in both eyes for one year. He underwent bilateral cataract surgery without improvement. Neuroimaging and genetic testing for mitochondrial disease was negative. Read More

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Toxic and Nutritional Optic Neuropathies-An Updated Mini-Review.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2022 03 6;19(5). Epub 2022 Mar 6.

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Medical University of Lublin, Chodźki 4A, 20-093 Lublin, Poland.

Optic neuropathies constitute a group of conditions with various etiologies and might be caused by different factors; we can distinguish the genetic and acquired causes of optic neuropathies. Even though the symptoms are not highly specific, this condition is primarily characterized by unilateral or bilateral vision loss with worsening color detection. The loss may be acute or gradual depending on the causation. Read More

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Bitemporal peripapillary hemorrhages: Toxic-ischemic optic neuropathy caused by ethanol and cocaine abuse.

Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2022 Mar 3;25:101374. Epub 2022 Feb 3.

Department of Ophthalmology, University General Hospital of Castellón, Avenida de Benicàssim, 128, 12004, Castellón de La Plana, Spain.

A 36-year-old man presented complaining of bilateral painless vision loss. He was admitted with chronic ethanol abuse, as well as sporadic cocaine consumption three days before symptom onset. General medical evaluation dismissed cerebral and cardiovascular events. Read More

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Oxidative Stress in Optic Neuropathies.

Antioxidants (Basel) 2021 Sep 28;10(10). Epub 2021 Sep 28.

Eye Translational Research Unit, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.

Increasing evidence indicates that changes in the redox system may contribute to the pathogenesis of multiple optic neuropathies. Optic neuropathies are characterized by the neurodegeneration of the inner-most retinal neurons, the retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), and their axons, which form the optic nerve. Often, optic neuropathies are asymptomatic until advanced stages, when visual impairment or blindness is unavoidable despite existing treatments. Read More

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September 2021

Clinical electrophysiology of the optic nerve and retinal ganglion cells.

Eye (Lond) 2021 09 11;35(9):2386-2405. Epub 2021 Jun 11.

College of Optometry, State University of New York, New York, NY, USA.

Clinical electrophysiological assessment of optic nerve and retinal ganglion cell function can be performed using the Pattern Electroretinogram (PERG), Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) and the Photopic Negative Response (PhNR) amongst other more specialised techniques. In this review, we describe these electrophysiological techniques and their application in diseases affecting the optic nerve and retinal ganglion cells with the exception of glaucoma. The disease groups discussed include hereditary, compressive, toxic/nutritional, traumatic, vascular, inflammatory and intracranial causes for optic nerve or retinal ganglion cell dysfunction. Read More

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September 2021

Electrophysiology in neuro-ophthalmology.

Handb Clin Neurol 2021 ;178:79-96

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, London, United Kingdom; Department of Electrophysiology, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom. Electronic address:

This chapter reviews common applications of visual electrophysiology relevant to neuro-ophthalmology practice. The use of standard tests and extended protocols are described including the cortical visual evoked potential and pattern and full-field electroretinogram (PERG; ERG) methods, the latter including the photopic negative response. Abnormalities of these recordings are rarely specific but provide valuable diagnostic guidance and an objective measure of visual pathway function, difficult or impossible to infer by other methods. Read More

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A case of reversible toxic optic neuropathy from tacrolimus (FK506).

Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2020 Dec 16;20:100932. Epub 2020 Sep 16.

Roski Eye Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 90033, USA.

Purpose: To report a rare case of reversible vision loss from tacrolimus-associated toxic optic neuropathy.

Observations: A 30-year-old man with cystic fibrosis requiring bilateral lung transplantation developed painless, bilateral, gradual onset central vision loss with dyschromatopsia two years after starting tacrolimus. Visual fields revealed bilateral cecocentral scotomas. Read More

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December 2020

Nutritional Optic Neuropathies: State of the Art and Emerging Evidences.

Nutrients 2020 Aug 31;12(9). Epub 2020 Aug 31.

Ophthalmology Unit, S. Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital, University of Bologna, 40138 Bologna, Italy.

Nutritional optic neuropathy is a cause of bilateral, symmetrical, and progressive visual impairment with loss of central visual acuity and contrast sensitivity, dyschromatopsia, and a central or centrocecal scotoma. The clinical features are not pathognomonic, since hereditary and toxic forms share similar signs and symptoms. It is becoming increasingly common due to the widespread of bariatric surgery and strict vegetarian or vegan diets, so even the scientific interest has recently increased. Read More

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Case Report: Nutritional and Toxic Optic Neuropathy: A Diagnostic Dilemma.

Optom Vis Sci 2020 Jul;97(7):477-481

Department of Ophthalmology, Consorcio Hospital General Universitario of Valencia, Valencia, Spain.

Significance: Nutritional and toxic optic neuropathies are rare disorders characterized by visual impairment due to optic nerve damage by a toxin, usually with coexisting nutritional deficiencies. Its pathophysiology is still unclear, and multiple mechanisms implicated act synergistically to bring about this condition. The decline in its incidence and its confusing clinical appearance make diagnosing nutritional and toxic optic neuropathies challenging. Read More

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Clinicopathological Correlates: Chronic Arsenic Toxicity Causing Bilateral Symmetric Progressive Optic Neuropathy.

J Neuroophthalmol 2020 09;40(3):423-427

Departments of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences (PF, EM), and Medical Imaging (LA-S), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; Department of Biomedical Physics (GM), Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada; Department of Laboratory Medicine (DH), University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

A 70 year-old man presented with insidiously progressing central visual acuity loss in both eyes over several years. Objectively the only abnormality identified on the exam was questionable granularity in the fovea in each eye. Extensive work up which included neuro-imaging, screening blood work for toxic and nutritional causes of optic neuropathy as well as electroretinogram and fluorescein angiography to rule out subtle maculopathy was all unrevealing. Read More

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September 2020

Toxic-Metabolic and Hereditary Optic Neuropathies.

Continuum (Minneap Minn) 2019 Oct;25(5):1265-1288

Purpose Of Review: The diagnosis of visual loss from toxic-metabolic and hereditary optic neuropathies may be delayed in some cases because of a failure to elicit important information in the clinical history or to recognize typical examination findings. An understanding of the features specific to each type of toxic-metabolic and hereditary optic neuropathy, and of the underlying mechanism of insult to the optic nerve, could lead to earlier recognition, diagnosis, and treatment (when available).

Recent Findings: Understanding of the role of mitochondria in toxic-metabolic and hereditary optic neuropathies is growing, particularly regarding the mechanism of insult of certain agents (medications and toxins) and of vitamin B12 deficiency. Read More

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October 2019

Optic Neuropathy, Secondary to Ethmoiditis, and Onodi Cell Inflammation during Childhood: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

Neuropediatrics 2019 12 22;50(6):341-345. Epub 2019 Jul 22.

ENT Unit, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Catania, Italy.

Optic neuropathy consists of several etiological events. The primary etiologies of its acute form include optic neuritis, ischemic optic neuropathy, inflammatory (nondemyelinating) disorders, and trauma. Its subacute and chronic forms are most often linked to compressive, toxic, nutritional, or hereditary-genetic causes. Read More

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December 2019

Treatment and Outcomes in Nutritional Optic Neuropathy.

Curr Treat Options Neurol 2019 Feb 7;21(1). Epub 2019 Feb 7.

Department of Neurology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK.

Purpose Of Review: Nutritional optic neuropathy is a potential cause of severe visual loss; however, appropriate and timely management can result in excellent visual outcomes. The purpose of this review is to outline our current understanding of the treatment and outcomes for nutritional optic neuropathy.

Recent Findings: Current understanding of nutritional optic neuropathy has been greatly aided by some well-reported and investigated epidemics of the condition, most notably the Cuban epidemic optic neuropathy of the early 1990s. Read More

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February 2019

Too sweet: Problems of protein glycation in the eye.

Exp Eye Res 2019 01 24;178:255-262. Epub 2018 Aug 24.

Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research, USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, 711 Washington St, Boston, MA, 02111, USA. Electronic address:

Laboratory and epidemiological data indicate that high blood sugar levels and/or consuming high glycemia diets are linked to multiple age-related diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, cataract, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetic retinopathy, and, apparently glaucoma. High concentrations of blood sugar and perturbations of the systems that regulate blood sugar lead to the accumulation of advanced-glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs are toxic compounds that are formed from the combination of sugars and their metabolites with biomolecules in a non-enzymatic biochemical reaction called glycation. Read More

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January 2019

Cuban Epidemic Neuropathy: Insights into the Toxic-Nutritional Hypothesis through International Collaboration.

MEDICC Rev 2018 04;20(2):27-31

Neurology and Neurosurgery Institute, Havana, Cuba.

From 1991 to 1993, an epidemic of optic and peripheral neuropathy-the largest of the century-broke out in Cuba, affecting more than 50,000 people. Initially the main clinical features were decreased visual acuity, central and cecocentral scotomas, impaired color vision and absence of the papillomacular bundle. Later, peripheral and mixed optic-peripheral forms began to appear. Read More

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Linezolid-associated optic neuropathy in a pediatric patient with Mycobacterium nonchromogenicum: A case report.

Medicine (Baltimore) 2017 Dec;96(50):e9200

Department of Infectology, National Institute of Pediatrics Department of Ophtalmology, National Institute of Pediatrics Laboratory of Pharmacology, National Institute of Pediatrics, and Faculty of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.

Background: Toxic optic neuropathies are alterations of the optic nerve and can be caused by environmental, pharmacological, or nutritional agents.

Case: It is about a 7-year-old male patient, a native of the State of Mexico, Mexico who was diagnosed with cervical mycobacterial lymphadenitis that required management with linezolid.

Observations: After 7 months of treatment, visual acuity of the left eye decreased and was accompanied by headache. Read More

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December 2017

Optic neuritis secondary to antiandrogen therapy.

Ir J Med Sci 2017 Aug 30;186(3):565-570. Epub 2016 Dec 30.

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin, 7, Ireland.

Background: Optic neuropathy is a disorder characterised by dysfunction or destruction of the optic nerve tissues. Acquired causes include interruption in the blood supply, nutritional deficiency, compression by a tumour or aneurysm, trauma, and toxic types (Ambizas and Patel In US Pharm 36(4):HS2-HS6, 1). Drug-induced optic neuropathy is of the toxic type and can be defined as a clinical syndrome characterised by papillomacular bundle damage, central, or cecocentral scotoma, and reduced colour vision (Ambizas and Patel In US Pharm 36(4):HS2-HS6, 2011; Sharma and Sharma In Indian J Ophthalmol 59(2):137-141, 2). Read More

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Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma Masquerading as Optic Neuritis.

Case Rep Neurol Med 2016 19;2016:5419432. Epub 2016 Jan 19.

Neurology Clinic, Dasman Diabetes Institute, P.O. Box 1180, 15462 Dasman, Kuwait; Al-Bahar Ophthalmology Center, Ibn Sina Hospital, P.O. Box 25427, 13115 Safat, Kuwait.

Optic neuritis is a common presentation of demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis. It typically presents with acute painful monocular vision loss, whereas chronic optic neuropathy can be caused by compressive lesions along the anterior visual pathway, genetic, toxic, or nutritional causes. We report an unusual presentation mimicking optic neuritis, which was subsequently diagnosed as optic nerve sheath meningioma (ONSM). Read More

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February 2016

Retinal Ganglion Cell Layer Analysis by Optical Coherence Tomography in Toxic and Nutritional Optic Neuropathy.

J Neuroophthalmol 2015 Sep;35(3):242-5

Department of Ophthalmology (LMCV, NFAS, AMDdS, RSdA, LAPAP, ARV, BICCJB, JPTF, DMA, JPPBdC), Central Lisbon Hospital Center, Lisbon, Portugal; Faculty of Medicine (LAPAP), Institute of Pharmacology and Neurosciences, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal; and Faculty of Medical Sciences (JPPBdC), New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.

Objective: To analyze the retinal ganglion cell layer (RGL) by optical coherence tomography (OCT) in toxic and nutritional optic neuropathy and to correlate its thickness and volume with functional damage.

Methods: We conducted an observational cross-sectional study in healthy subjects and in patients with toxic optic neuropathy observed in the Neuro-Ophthalmology Department of Central Lisbon Hospital Center. Complete ophthalmologic examination, OCT (Heidelberg Spectralis), and automated static perimetry were performed. Read More

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September 2015

Tobacco-alcohol optic neuropathy--clinical challenges in diagnosis.

J Med Life 2014 Oct-Dec;7(4):472-6

"Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest.

Part of the large group of nutritional and toxic optic neuropathies, tobacco-alcohol optic neuropathy is a disease often underdiagnosed or detected at a stage when the full recovery of vision is not possible. This article summarizes its signs and symptoms, describes the pathophysiological processes involved and provides the necessary information for diagnosis and treatment of the entity previously known as tobacco-alcohol amblyopia, reporting in the end, a challenging case along with its findings. Read More

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February 2016

Nonglaucomatous optic atrophy in Benin City.

Ann Afr Med 2015 Apr-Jun;14(2):109-13

Department of Ophthalmology, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

Context: Optic atrophy is a clinical sign and not a disease. The etiology of optic atrophy is diverse, some of which may be life threatening.

Patients And Methods: A retrospective review of the medical records of all adult patients aged 16 years and above with nonglaucomatous optic atrophy at the eye clinic of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital over a 4-year period was conducted. Read More

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Approach to diagnosis and management of optic neuropathy.

Neurol India 2014 Nov-Dec;62(6):599-605

Department of Neurology, K. S. Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.

Visual loss consequent to anterior visual pathway involvement can occur in a variety of clinical settings. In a tropical country like India, apart from the usual suspects, nutritional, infective, and toxic amblyopia have to be considered in the differential diagnosis. The mode of onset (acute/chronic), unilateral versus bilateral involvement, accompanying occular pain or the lack of it, and pattern of visual loss are some of the pointers which help to differentiate optic neuropathy clinically. Read More

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Toxic optic neuropathies: an updated review.

Acta Ophthalmol 2015 Aug 27;93(5):402-10. Epub 2014 Aug 27.

Centre for Ophthalmology, University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany.

Toxic optic neuropathy (TON) is caused by the damage to the optic nerve through different toxins, including drugs, metals, organic solvents, methanol and carbon dioxide. A similar clinical picture may also be caused by nutritional deficits, including B vitamins, folic acid and proteins with sulphur-containing amino acids. This review summarizes the present knowledge on disease-causing factors, clinical presentation, diagnostics and treatment in TON. Read More

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Metabolic, hereditary, traumatic, and neoplastic optic neuropathies.

Continuum (Minneap Minn) 2014 Aug;20(4 Neuro-ophthalmology):877-906

Purpose Of Review: Toxic, nutritional, hereditary, traumatic, and neoplastic optic neuropathies result in significant disability due to visual dysfunction. Many of these conditions are treatable. Early diagnosis may allow for intervention to stabilize or improve vision and prevent unnecessary testing. Read More

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Tropical myelopathies.

Gustavo C Román

Handb Clin Neurol 2014 ;121:1521-48

Department of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College, Methodist Neurological Institute, Houston, TX, USA. Electronic address:

A large number of causal agents produce spinal cord lesions in the tropics. Most etiologies found in temperate regions also occur in the tropics including trauma, herniated discs, tumors, epidural abscess, and congenital malformations. However, infectious and nutritional disorders occur with higher prevalence in tropical regions. Read More

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Tobacco-alcohol amblyopia: a diagnostic dilemma.

J Neurol Sci 2013 Apr 7;327(1-2):41-5. Epub 2013 Mar 7.

Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave, KS211, Boston, MA 02215, United States.

Introduction: Tobacco alcohol amblyopia is an outdated term for a rare condition characterized by visual impairment due to tobacco and alcohol abuse usually associated with nutritional deficiencies. The more accurate term used now is Nutritional Optic Neuropathy. The visual impairment generally presents as a centrocecal scotoma. Read More

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Subacute peripheral and optic neuropathy syndrome with no evidence of a toxic or nutritional cause.

Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2013 Aug 4;115(8):1389-93. Epub 2013 Feb 4.

Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, King's College Hospital, London, UK.

Background: The syndrome of subacute simultaneous peripheral neuropathy and bilateral optic neuropathy is known to occur in tropical countries, probably due to malnutrition or toxicity, but not often seen in developed countries. We report seven patients in London who were not malnourished or alcoholic, and in whom no clear cause was found.

Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the case notes and arranged some further investigations. Read More

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Cuban epidemic optic neuropathy and its relationship to toxic and hereditary optic neuropathy.

Semin Ophthalmol 2010 Jul;25(4):112-22

Department of Neuro-ophthalmology, The Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Havana, Cuba.

The similarities and differences between toxic/nutritional and hereditary optic neuropathy and the pathophysiologic mechanisms that they have in common are described. This is based on data from the epidemic suffered in Cuba in 1992, which affected the optic nerves of many individuals and the experience of the authors in dealing with various toxic optic neuropathies, as well as Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy. Read More

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