Opticociliary veins in a primary optic nerve sheath meningioma

Am J Ophthalmol. 1979 Jan;87(1):91-5. doi: 10.1016/0002-9394(79)90198-3.


A 59-year-old man developed painless visual loss in his left eye over a one-year period, with rapid progression to blindness over three months. Ocular examination of the left eye revealed proptosis, marked optic disk pallor, dilated retinal veins, and congeries of vessels at the disk margin (opticociliary veins). His right eye was unremarkable. Fluorescein angiography and histopathologic examination confirmed the presence of opticociliary veins communicating between branches of the central retinal vein and the adjacent choroidal vasculature. Primary orbital optic nerve meningioma associated with opticociliary veins was diagnosed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cranial Nerve Neoplasms / blood supply*
  • Cranial Nerve Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / blood supply*
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Meningioma / blood supply*
  • Meningioma / diagnosis
  • Middle Aged
  • Optic Nerve / blood supply*
  • Optic Nerve / pathology
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Orbital Neoplasms / blood supply*
  • Orbital Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Retinal Vein / pathology*