A 28-year-old male asked:
what is the definition or description of: papilledema?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Alan Mindlin answered
49 years experience Ophthalmology
Swollen optic nerve: The flat appearing main nerve to the back of the eye similar to a telephone trunk line or cable becomes swollen. This is usually a sign of brain problems or something pushing on the eye behind it this is like stepping on a garden hose and having the fluid back up. The flat nerve head becomes indistinct and there are usually splinter hemorrhages in the retina the blood vessels appear raised/swollen.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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