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Neuro-ophthalmology is a field of medicine that touches on every subspecialty in neurology, but has an undeserved reputation as a branch of knowledge that is difficult to learn and practice. Many neurologists and ophthalmologists do not receive sufficient exposure to neuro-ophthalmology during their residencies, and are uncomfortable diagnosing and treating patients with neuro-ophthalmic problems. Authored by neuro-ophthalmologists whose careers span three generations in the field, Neuro-Ophthalmology helps clinicians evaluate and manage patients with neuro-ophthalmic problems. This "curb-side consult" approach is divided into five sections: afferent (visual) disorders; efferent (eye movement) disorders; eyelid disorders; pupil disorders; and combination syndromes. Based on the most current scholarly evidence and filled with practical advice, Neuro-Ophthalmology provides the answers to "what do I do now?"show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195390849
  • 9780195390841
  • 835,185

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This is an excellent text for the general ophthalmologist and neurologist to have readily available for consultation when examining patients with neuro-ophthalmic problems.This book also would be a good choice for medical students and house staff eager to learn more about the field of neuro-ophthalmology. * Informa *show more

About Matthew J. Thurtell

Matthew J. Thurtell, MBBS, FRACP, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Iowa Iowa City, IA. Robert L. Tomsak, MD, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology, Kresge Eye Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Robert B. Daroff, MD, Professor of Neurology, Associate Dean for Development, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, more

Table of contents

1. Optic Neuritis ; Optic neuritis is the most frequent cause of optic neuropathy in young adults and is often encountered in clinical practice. In this chapter, we summarize the cardinal signs of optic neuropathy and discuss the diagnostic evaluation and management of idiopathic optic neuritis. ; 2. Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy ; Arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy occurs in the setting of giant cell arteritis and is a medical emergency, as there is a high risk of fellow eye involvement if corticosteroid treatment is not initiated in a timely fashion. In this chapter, we review the clinical features of arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. We also discuss the evaluation and treatment of patients with suspected giant cell arteritis. ; 3. Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy ; Non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy is the most frequent cause of optic neuropathy in older adults. Its pathogenesis remains uncertain, although it often occurs in patients with small structurally-congested optic discs. We summarize the symptoms, signs, possible precipitating factors, and management of this common optic neuropathy. ; 4. Compressive Optic Neuropathy ; Optic nerve compression results in progressive, and often painless, monocular vision loss. In this chapter, we review the clinical signs and common causes of compressive optic neuropathy. We discuss in more detail the imaging characteristics and management of optic nerve sheath meningioma. ; 5. Hereditary Optic Neuropathy ; Monocular and binocular vision loss can occasionally be caused by hereditary optic neuropathy. While progressive painless binocular central vision loss is characteristic of dominant optic atrophy, acute painless monocular vision loss is characteristic of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy. We discuss the clinical features and evaluation of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy, and briefly mention promising treatment options. ; 6. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension ; Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a syndrome of raised intracranial pressure of unknown cause that most often occurs in obese young women. Bilateral papilledema is usually present and can cause severe irreversible vision loss if left untreated. In this chapter, we review the symptoms, signs, evaluation, and management of idiopathic intracranial hypertension. ; 7. Pseudopapilledema ; A diagnostic dilemma often arises when a patient with headaches is found to have optic nerve head elevation. Anomalous optic nerve head elevation often mimics papilledema and is therefore known as pseudopapilledema. In this chapter, we review the features that help to distinguish pseudopapilledema from papilledema and we discuss common causes of pseudopapilledema, such as optic nerve head drusen. ; 8. Chiasmal Syndromes ; Dysfunction of the optic chiasm typically produces bitemporal visual field defects. Chiasmal dysfunction most frequently results from compression by extrinsic lesions, such as pituitary macroadenomas and suprasellar meningiomas. We describe the clinical signs of chiasmal dysfunction in this chapter. We also discuss the evaluation and management of pituitary apoplexy. ; 9. Homonymous Hemianopia ; Homonymous hemianopia is caused by lesions involving the retrochiasmal visual pathways or primary visual cortex. The most common cause of homonymous hemianopia is stroke. We discuss the approach to the patient with homonymous hemianopia, with specific reference to prognosis, implications for driving, and rehabilitation. ; 10. Higher Visual Function Disorders ; A disorder of higher visual function should be considered when visual complaints are out of proportion to examination findings. Such disorders can remain undiagnosed until other cognitive deficits develop. In this chapter, we review common higher visual function disorders, with specific reference to the visual (posterior) variant of Alzheimer's disease. ; 11. Transient Visual Loss ; Transient visual loss is common and often due to a transient loss of blood supply to the afferent visual system, although there are many other potential causes. We review the approach to the patient with transient visual loss in this chapter, with special attention to vascular causes. ; 12. Migraine Aura ; Migraine aura is a common cause of transient positive and negative visual phenomena. Similar symptoms can occasionally occur with occipital lesions or as a manifestation of occipital seizures. In this chapter, we review the clinical features of migraine aura, with specific reference to those features that help distinguish it from occipital seizures. ; 13. Non-Organic Vision Loss ; Non-organic vision loss is common, but can be challenging to diagnose and treat. We discuss the approach to the patient with suspected non-organic vision loss in this chapter, and we describe the maneuvers that can be used to demonstrate intact visual function. ; SECTION II EFFERENT DISORDERS ; 14. Third Nerve Palsy ; Acute painful pupil-involving third nerve palsy requires urgent investigation, since it can be due to third nerve compression by a rapidly enlarging posterior communicating artery aneurysm. We summarize the approach to the patient with a third nerve palsy in this chapter, with emphasis on the imaging evaluation of acute pupil-involving third nerve palsy. ; 15. Fourth Nerve Palsy ; Fourth nerve palsy is a common cause of binocular vertical diplopia, but can be difficult to diagnose, since examination findings are often subtle. In this chapter, we review the symptoms, signs, causes, differential diagnosis, and evaluation of fourth nerve palsy. ; 16. Sixth Nerve Palsy ; Binocular horizontal diplopia is often due to sixth nerve palsy, but can be caused by other conditions, such as medial rectus muscle restriction in thyroid eye disease. We review the approach to the patient with sixth nerve palsy in this chapter. We briefly discuss the role of imaging in patients with sixth nerve palsy, as this remains a controversial topic. ; 17. Ocular Myasthenia ; Ocular myasthenia typically causes intermittent or fluctuating ptosis and diplopia, but is often difficult to diagnose definitively. We discuss the approach to the patient with suspected ocular myasthenia, but no acetylcholine receptor antibodies, and review the treatment options for ocular myasthenia. ; 18. Complete Bilateral External Ophthalmoplegia ; Complete bilateral external ophthalmoplegia is characterized by global weakness of the extraocular ocular and levator muscles. It has a broad differential diagnosis, which varies depending on the tempo of onset. In this chapter, we review the approach to the patient with complete bilateral external ophthalmoplegia and discuss the common causes. ; 19. Superior Oblique Myokymia ; Monocular oscillopsia is an uncommon symptom that is often due to superior oblique myokymia. Since the eye oscillations in this condition are intermittent and often subtle, the diagnosis is frequently missed. We discuss the evaluation and management of patients with suspected superior oblique myokymia in this chapter. ; 20. Internuclear Ophthalmoplegia ; Internuclear ophthalmoplegia is a classic ocular motor syndrome that is caused by a lesion affecting the medial longitudinal fasciculus in the brainstem. In this chapter, we review the signs, causes, and differential diagnosis of internuclear ophthalmoplegia. ; 21. Progressive Supranuclear Palsy ; Patients with progressive supranuclear palsy, a sporadic akinetic-rigid syndrome, often have visual complaints and abnormal eye movements. We review the neuro-ophthalmic signs of progressive supranuclear palsy and present a practical approach to the management of common visual symptoms, such as reading difficulty. ; 22. Gaze-Evoked Nystagmus ; Gaze-evoked nystagmus is the most common type of nystagmus encountered in clinical practice, but is poorly localizing. It is often confused with physiologicshow more