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A 22-year-old female asked:

I am 23 years old and i have optic nerve tumour in right eye since birth.there is no vision in that eye.a case of exophthalmos and meningitis.tumour can't be removed completely as per the doctors.i want to know whether thisaffect memory and cognition?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Not the tumor itself: Your optic nerve tumor itself should have no effect on cognition or memory, unless it has become so large that it is pressing on the hippocampus or entorhinal cortex. Depending on how it was treated, though, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy can affect both memory and cognition. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. They can do a PET scan which shows functional changes in areas of your brain
Last updated May 18, 2020

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