12. Review of diabetic papillitis

Dis Mon. 2021 May;67(5):101141. doi: 10.1016/j.disamonth.2021.101141. Epub 2021 Feb 3.


Diabetic papillitis (used interchangeably with diabetic papillopathy) is a relatively rare ocular manifestation of systemic diabetic disease. Found in both type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients, it manifests as swelling of the optic nerve head in one or both eyes and is considered a diagnosis of exclusion. Signs and symptoms of optic nerve disease are not necessarily present, and there may be spontaneous recovery. The pathogenesis is poorly understood. The following discussion will cover the presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of diabetic papillopathy.

Keywords: Diabetes; Diabetic papillitis; Diabetic papillopathy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Complications / complications*
  • Humans
  • Papilledema / diagnosis*
  • Papilledema / etiology*
  • Papilledema / therapy
  • Photography
  • Prognosis
  • Pupil Disorders / etiology
  • Pupil Disorders / physiopathology
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence
  • Visual Acuity
  • Visual Field Tests