Ischemic optic neuropathy in cavernous sinus thrombosis

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978 Mar;96(3):453-6. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050229008.


Visual loss is uncommon in thrombosis of the cavernous sinus. A patient observed closely in the acute stages developed high introcular and intraorbital pressures. Although the retinal vasculature remained patent, total unilateral blindness occurred within 48 hours. To our knowledge this is the first documented case in which ischemic optic neuropathy caused blindness in a patient suffering from cavernous sinus thrombosis.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blindness / etiology
  • Cavernous Sinus*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ischemia / complications
  • Ischemia / etiology*
  • Optic Atrophy / complications
  • Optic Atrophy / etiology*
  • Optic Nerve / blood supply
  • Thrombosis / complications*