Rhinogenous optic neuritis with full recovery of vision - The role of endoscopic optic nerve decompression and a review of literature

Am J Otolaryngol. 2018 Nov-Dec;39(6):791-795. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2018.08.008. Epub 2018 Aug 29.


Background: Optic neuritis resulting from paranasal sinusitis is an infrequently described but clinically important and treatable entity. The role of optic nerve decompression has been well established in atraumatic optic neuropathies which are compressive in origin. However, its role in optic neuritis and other infective or inflammatory processes is lacking, and the role for early surgical intervention remains controversial.

Case report: In this case report, we describe a patient who presented with sudden onset of right vision loss secondary to optic neuritis from pansinusitis. He was treated with systemic antibiotics and steroids along with an urgent endoscopic sinus surgery with optic nerve decompression. Full restoration of his vision was recorded within 24 h of surgical decompression.

Conclusion: Optic neuritis secondary to paranasal sinusitis is a clinically important entity and timely diagnosis and decompression is key to vision restoration.

Keywords: Nasal polyposis; Optic nerve decompression; Optic neuritis; Sinusitis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Decompression, Surgical*
  • Endoscopy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Optic Neuritis / diagnosis
  • Optic Neuritis / etiology
  • Optic Neuritis / surgery*
  • Sinusitis / complications
  • Sinusitis / diagnosis
  • Sinusitis / therapy*