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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Scintillating Scotoma

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Pineal cyst of 0.7x1.0 x1.0 CM abut to tectal plate does this mean its causing damage? Is scintillating scotoma a seizure symptom?

Pineal cyst of 0.7x1.0 x1.0 CM abut to tectal plate does this mean its causing damage?  Is scintillating scotoma a seizure symptom?

Probably not: First, pineal cysts are reasonably common and typically don't amount to much. The visual symptoms you describe are quite unlikely to be related to seizure-related. Talk with your neurologist about these findings, but resist the temptation to automatically link the two things. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes scintillating scotomas?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes scintillating scotomas?

Ocular Migraine: Scintillating schotomas are part of the ocular migraine symptoms- a typical ophthalmic (also called ocular) migraine. Patients can have spasm of the arteries at supply the eye and get these symptoms without headache. This is what is thought to cause the flashes. If it persists or interferes with her daily activities she should go to her primary care doctor for an exam and treatment. ...Read more

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I have scintillating scotoma. What causes it?

I have scintillating scotoma. What causes it?

Patience: This is a component of ocular migraine, which has its origination in the occipital lobes of the brain. Most are of short duration although the visual diminution in the center can be very disturbing. Ocular (occipital) migraine is benign, causes no permanent changes and clears with no after effects. If very frequent, you could seek the help of a neurologist but this is uncommon. ...Read more

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Can scintillating scotoma a symptom of panic, anxiety or hyperventilation? I read panic causes flashing vision?

Can scintillating scotoma a symptom of panic, anxiety or hyperventilation? I read panic causes flashing vision?

Panic not a cause: Scintillating scotomas are most commonly caused by cortical spreading depression, a pattern of changes in the behavior of nerves in the brain during a migraine. Panic is not on the list of causes on any source i found. The first sentence is from the wikipedia article on scintillating scotomata. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Having episodes of scintillating scotoma when i panic. Doctor gave me Prozac and told me it will go away that anxiety is cause it. Is this correct?

Having episodes of scintillating scotoma when i panic. Doctor gave me Prozac and told me it will go away that anxiety is cause it. Is this correct?

Blind panic: In addition to dr. Cribari's and dr. Sajjadi's excellent answers: scintillating scotomas are the result of electrical activity in the occipital cortex of the brain, usually associated with migraine (with or without headache) but sometimes a lesion. Some people can trigger the occipital cortex directly through a panic attack (blind panic) and may faint.After workup, most likely your meds will work. ...Read more

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I've got scintillating scotoma. What is causing it?

Migraine: Almost always this is due to occipital migraine (the occipital lobe is the portion of the brain which registers the vision). These migraines are usually benign, last several minutes to 2 hours, and are accompanied by greying out areas in one side of each eye surrounded by flashing lights (the scintillating scotomas). These fade with no trace and the eye goes back to normal. ...Read more

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How do you treat "scintillating scotoma"?

How do you treat "scintillating scotoma"?

Ocular Migraine : Scintillating schotomas are part of the ocular migraine symptoms. It sounds like a typical ophthalmic (also called ocular) migraine. Patients can have spasm of the arteries at supply the eye and get these symptoms without headache. If it persists or interferes with her daily activities she should go to her primary care doctor for an exam and treatment. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had a scintillating scotoma that lasted long?

Yes: If your scotoma lasts longer than 15 minutes permenant retinal damage can occur. The scotoma is caused by constriction of the blood flow to your retina. If the scotoma is close to or covers the center of your vision it is more serious. Treatment can be as simple as an adult low strength Aspirin to anti migraine drugs. Can be caused by other neurological problems full evaluation is reccomended! ...Read more

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What can you do about scintillating scotoma?

What can you do about scintillating scotoma?

Patience: This is a component of ocular migraine, which has its origination in the occipital lobes of the brain. Most are of short duration although the visual diminution in the center can be very disturbing. Ocular (occipital) migraine is benign, causes no permanent changes and clears with no after effects. If very frequent, you could seek the help of a neurologist but this is uncommon. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do about scintillating scotoma?

Please tell me what can I do about scintillating scotoma?

Relax and ignore it: A scintillating scotoma is a benign visual disturbance that can be the start of a classic migraine headache, or occur alone as an ophthalmic migraine without any associated headaches. There is no effective treatment for a scintillating scotoma. ...Read more