Optic nerve enhancement on magnetic resonance imaging in arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy

J Neuroophthalmol. 1999 Dec;19(4):235-7.


Although optic nerve enhancement may be seen in magnetic resonance imaging of radiation-induced ischemic optic neuropathy, similar enhancement in ischemic optic neuropathy has not been previously reported in the English-language neuroophthalmologic literature. We report three cases of optic nerve enhancement in biopsy-proven arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy. Clinicians should consider giant cell arteritis in the differential diagnosis of an optic neuropathy with optic nerve enhancement on magnetic resonance imaging.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Giant Cell Arteritis / complications*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Optic Atrophies, Hereditary / diagnosis*
  • Optic Atrophies, Hereditary / etiology*
  • Optic Nerve / pathology*
  • Orbit / pathology*