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|Overview||Optic Neuropathy and Scleroderma|
Optic Neuropathy is a general term used for damage to the optic nerve regardless of the cause of the damage. Specific types of optic neuropathy can be identified when the cause of the damage is known. For example, regular glaucoma is caused by high pressure inside the eye and anterior ischemic optic neuropathy is caused by problems with the blood supply to the optic nerve. (Also see Scleroderma Eye Involvement, What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, Systemic Sclerosis and Sjogren's Syndrome)
Autoimmune optic neuropathy. This review considers optic neuropathy that occurs as part of recognized systemic autoimmune disorders and collagen vascular diseases and isolated autoimmune optic neuropathy. PubMed, Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2006 Sep;6(5):396-402.
Scleroderma, stroke, optic neuropathy: a rare association. A known case of scleroderma presented with right hemiparesis, focal seizures, optic atrophy and gangrene of digits. MRI showed multifocal infarcts in both cerebral hemispheres. The rarity of central nervous system affliction in scleroderma and large vessel vasculitis is discussed along with review of literature. PubMed, Neurol India 2002 Dec;50(4):504-7. (Also see Cardiac Involvement: Stroke)
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