Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy and branch retinal artery occlusion in cavernous sinus thrombosis

J Clin Neuroophthalmol. 1990 Sep;10(3):193-6.


A 60-year-old woman developed embolic occlusion of a branch retinal artery following septic cavernous sinus thrombosis. Two days later it was followed by loss of light perception due to embolic or vasculitic ischemic optic neuropathy. Recurrent emboli from a focus of carotid arteritis in cavernous sinus thrombosis may be responsible for visual loss in such eyes.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Blindness / etiology
  • Female
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Humans
  • Ischemia / etiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Optic Disk / blood supply*
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / etiology*
  • Retinal Artery Occlusion / etiology*
  • Sinus Thrombosis, Intracranial / complications*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Visual Acuity