Transient Anton's syndrome: a presenting feature of acute epidural hematoma at the confluens sinuum

Pediatr Neurosurg. 2003 Mar;38(3):156-9. doi: 10.1159/000068813.


Although unilateral epidural hematomas are well known, bilateral presentation, especially at the confluens sinuum, is uncommon, and its diagnosis may be delayed, thus causing morbidity. We report a case of acute posttraumatic cortical blindness due to epidural hematoma at the confluens sinuum caused by venous sinus tearing. The epidural hematoma was evacuated and the dural tear was repaired. The patient remained alert throughout the hospitalization. Examination of the visual field revealed recovery postoperatively, and the patient was discharged. We discuss the pathological mechanisms of transient blindness. The importance of anopsia as an early sign of epidural hematoma is emphasized.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic*
  • Acute Disease
  • Adolescent
  • Blindness, Cortical / diagnosis*
  • Blindness, Cortical / etiology*
  • Blindness, Cortical / surgery
  • Cranial Sinuses / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cranial Sinuses / pathology*
  • Cranial Sinuses / surgery
  • Hematoma, Epidural, Cranial / complications*
  • Hematoma, Epidural, Cranial / diagnosis*
  • Hematoma, Epidural, Cranial / surgery
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed