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A 34-year-old female asked:

I had an mri due to swollen optic nerves...paranasal sinuses: no fluid levels. small right maxillary mucous retention cyst. should i be worried? no other significant findings. what else could be causing swollen optic nerves?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 59 years experience
This will not do it. Some have an idiopathic cause. idiopathic is Dr. talk for we do not know what it is. Discuss with your Drs. Can be difficult to figure out the cause.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
If your optic nerves are truly "swollen", bilaterally, this could be secondary to a number of causes, and rather than list these as a speculative approach, suggest seeing an ophthalmologist and perhaps neurologist. Regardless of outcomes, sinus issues would not ordinarily affect the optic nerves unless there were a cavernous sinus thrombosis, which is rare indeed.
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Dr. George Yanik
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
If you are having headaches with this could be intracranial hypertension, see a neurologist
May 21, 2021
Last updated May 21, 2021


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