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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 (fluoxetine) 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 (fluoxetine) and told me it will go away that anxiety is cause it. Is this correct?

Panic Treatment: An opthalmologist will address the scotomas. Regarding panic: cognitive behavior therapy for panic very helpful. Med:talk with your md about slowly increasing ssri dose (1/2 of lowest dose per week) up to highest dose you can tolerate. Anxiety disorders usually need twice the dose(prozac60-120mg)&twice the treatment time(8-12wks) as it does for mood disorders to respond to ssri treatment. ...Read more

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What is a scintillating scotoma?

What is a scintillating scotoma?

Migraine: A scintillating scotoma occurs with some migraines. It is a distortion of the side vision with a shimmering or wavy effect. The vision in the area of the shimmer is impaired. It is typically in both eyes at the same time, although it can be more prominent in one. It can be stationary or move. Scintillating scotoma are alarming but do not cause long-term vision loss. ...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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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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Has anyone ever treated a scintillating scotoma?

Has anyone ever treated a scintillating scotoma?

Classical Migraine: Scintillating scotoma usually represents ocular component of migraine. If it occurs preceding a one-sided headache this is classical migraine. Scint. Scot. Has no treatment but the headache that follows can be prevented by intake of couple of cups of regular coffee or cola drinks. Also see your eye md. ...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