Morning Glory Syndrome with Carotid and Middle Cerebral Artery Vasculopathy

Optom Vis Sci. 2015 Dec;92(12):e437-41. doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000727.


Purpose: To report a case of incidental asymptomatic atypical morning glory syndrome (MGS) with concomitant ipsilateral carotid and middle cerebral dysgenesis.

Case report: A 6-year-old child was discovered to have incidental findings of MGS, with atypia. All visual functions were normal including vision and stereopsis. Neuroimaging revealed ipsilateral carotid and middle cerebral vascular narrowing without associated collateral vessels or cerebral ischemia commonly seen in Moyamoya disease. Subsequent annual examinations have been stable, without signs of progression.

Conclusions: This case demonstrates disparity between structural aberrations and final visual and neurological function and reinforces the association between MGS and intracranial vascular disruption. Full ancillary ophthalmic and neuroimaging studies should be performed in all patients with MGS with interval reassessments, even when the patient is asymptomatic and functionally intact.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carotid Artery, Internal / abnormalities*
  • Child
  • Depth Perception / physiology
  • Eye Abnormalities / diagnosis*
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography
  • Male
  • Middle Cerebral Artery / abnormalities*
  • Moyamoya Disease / diagnosis*
  • Optic Disk / abnormalities*
  • Syndrome
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence
  • Visual Acuity / physiology
  • Visual Fields