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can scintillating scotoma a symptom of panic, anxiety or hyperventilation? i read panic causes flashing vision?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Panic not a cause: Scintillating scotomas are most commonly caused by cortical spreading depression, a pattern of changes in the behavior of nerves in the brain during a migraine. Panic is not on the list of causes on any source i found. The first sentence is from the wikipedia article on scintillating scotomata. Best wishes to you.
Answered on Jul 5, 2016

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Yes: Scintillating scotomata usually occur in migraine headaches. However, hyperventilation can also cause one to 'see stars' with tunnel vision.
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Yes: Absolutely.

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