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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 110-113

Infiltrative optic neuropathy: A neuro-oncological emergency

Department of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Padmavathy Maharajan
Aravind Eye Hospital, S.N. High Road, Tirunelveli Junction, Tirunelveli - 627 001, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_72_21

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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a disorder caused by the abnormal proliferation of immature lymphocytes. Of the varied ocular manifestations seen in ALL, infiltration of the optic nerve is a rare and serious complication that heralds a relapse of the disease. It requires a high index of suspicion for diagnosis. Urgent intervention may prove to be lifesaving. We describe a case of optic neuropathy in a 12-year-old boy with ALL and wish to emphasize the need to maintain a low threshold for diagnosing optic nerve infiltration in patients with a prior history of leukemia.

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