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A 23-year-old female asked:

I was put on diamox (acetazolamide) for swollen optic nerves, but my spinal tap came out normal. was this the right choice?

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Dr. Kevin Lai
Ophthalmology 12 years experience
It may.: There are many causes for swollen optic nerves, from increased pressure around the brain and optic nerves (intracranial hypertension), inflammation (optic neuritis), loss of blood flow (ischemic optic neuropathy), etc. A spinal tap can determine if the pressure around your brain is high, but the rest of your spinal fluid tests can be normal. Ask your doctor about your diagnosis and treatment.

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Last updated Apr 2, 2015

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