Chiasmal optic neuritis in Lyme disease

Am J Ophthalmol. 1997 Jan;123(1):136-8. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9394(14)71011-6.


Purpose: To report Lyme disease as the cause of chiasmal optic neuritis in a 10-year-old girl.

Methods: The patient underwent ophthalmologic, laboratory, and imaging examinations.

Results: The patient's history and clinical course were consistent with Lyme disease. Laboratory studies disclosed increased serum Lyme immunoglobulin G titer, which improved after antibiotic treatment.

Conclusion: Lyme disease should be considered in the differential diagnosis of chiasmal optic neuritis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lyme Disease* / drug therapy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Optic Chiasm*
  • Optic Neuritis / diagnosis
  • Optic Neuritis / microbiology*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents