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Is there a connection between optic nerve swelling ( papilledema) and thyroid cancer?

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Dr. Michael Ham answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Typically not, but there could be a problem with the pituitary gland, or a metastatic lesion from the thyroid cancer. Both would be unlikely, but possible.

Answered Mar 15, 2013

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Dr. Richard Bensinger answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

In the unlikely event that unrecognized or undertreated thyroid cancer might spread to the brain and cause optic nerve swelling, then this is an outside possibiliy. Thyroid cancer is slow growing and can usually be managed so that this will not happen.

Answered Nov 16, 2012

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Dr. Jon Fishburn answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Papilledema always requires evaluation by an eye md. The causes are myriad including but not limited to inflammatory causes, hypertension, vascular occlusions, ischemic causes, hereditary, compressive causes (tumor), and some medications. Thyroid disease like graves' disease, can compress the eye muscles and optic nerve causing swelling. Thyroid carcinoma can metastise to the eye.

Answered Dec 9, 2013

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