Idiopathic intracranial hypertension, empty sella turcica and polycystic ovary syndrome--a case report

Singapore Med J. 1997 Mar;38(3):129-30.


Permanent visual loss is a well established major sequela of idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). It is often insidious and frequently unnoticed by patients with IIH. It is vital to monitor these patients with serial perimetric and visual acuity tests because visual loss can be halted and occasionally reversed if treatment is begun early. We report a case of IIH with an empty sella turcica and polycystic ovary syndrome who developed visual field loss over ten years. This report illustrates the importance of close ophthalmic monitoring and detailed neurological and endocrinological evaluation to prevent complications in such patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Empty Sella Syndrome / complications*
  • Empty Sella Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / complications*
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri / complications*
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri / diagnosis
  • Vision Disorders / diagnosis
  • Vision Disorders / etiology