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Causes Of Scotoma
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
When you have scotoma develop in one eye only and the patient has a pituitary adenoma, takes plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) and has ischemic microvascular disease, can you tell which one most likely caused the scotoma?
Depends on VF defect: Plaquinil and ischmic optic nerve disease may produce similar visual field defects, however, examination should be able to differentiate the two. Pituitary field defects are quite different. A differentiation should be able to be ascertained. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not enough info: A central scotoma is never normal and needs to be evaluated. There are a bunch of possibilities. ...Read more
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
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
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
6 wks ago had first ocul. migraine with scintill. scotoma It lasted for 45 mins but after it went the corner of vision in left eye is reduced causes?
If your'e indicating: that you have had a visual loss for the last six weeks then it is really important that this be evaluated promptly by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more