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What can cause optic neuritis in a healthy 17 year old girl?

What can cause optic neuritis in a healthy 17 year old girl?

Mostly demyelinating: There are multiple possible causes. While almost always demyelinating, other causes include lyme's disease, sle, sarcoidosis, and pseudotumor cerebrii. There are an number of causes for demyelination including post-infectious (adem) and multiple sclerosis. There are also some nutritional causes. The best way to determine the cause in a healthy young woman is to see a neuro-ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
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Optic Neuritis (Definition)

Optic neuritis is a condition in which there is swelling of the optic nerve, the main nerve in the eye. Common symptoms include having sudden reduced vision or loss of vision in the affected eye and pain upon moving the eye. Some causes of optic neuritis are various ...Read more


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I had Scleritis and Keratitis for 6 months last year and was treated. Now I may have Optic Neuritis and an MRI is scheduled. What can cause all 3?

I had Scleritis and Keratitis for 6 months last year and was treated. Now I may have Optic Neuritis and an MRI is scheduled. What can cause all 3?

Common Dz for all 3?: There is no one single disease process that links all 3 of those problems together under one roof that I'm aware of. Scleritis and keratitis....sure, why not. But ON is a totally different entity and is really the sine qua non for demyelinating disorders such as MS and other problems; Devic's Disease, etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had a bad case of optic neuritis in my eye a year ago w/ ms. I notice that pupil is almost always dilated larger still. Normal? Or cause for concern

I had a bad case of optic neuritis in my eye a year ago w/ ms. I notice that pupil is almost always dilated larger still. Normal? Or cause for concern

Yes: It is not that unusual to have a persistent pupillary abnormality following optic neuritis. Usually it is only detectable by someone performing a "swinging flashlight test" (usually an eye doctor) but sometimes can be seen by the patient or family member in normal light. ...Read more

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I was anorexic for a year (Oct 2014-August 2015) and recovered but now suffer from daily hypoglycemia + optic neuritis. is it normal after ED?

I was anorexic for a year (Oct 2014-August 2015) and recovered but now suffer from daily hypoglycemia + optic neuritis. is it normal after ED?

Not normal: Optic neuritis is not a normal condition and that should be thoroughly investigated. I believe that is likely to be a mutually exclusive problem from the hypoglycemia. If you like to set up an appointment by live chat or webcam then, please go to: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi and use Key Code: PDXFNR in order to make an appointment in my virtual calendar. ...Read more

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Is it true that 5 out of every 100k people are affected by optic neuritis each year, does that sound about right?

Incidence: Yes Optic neuritis typically affects young adults ranging from 18–45 years of age, with a mean age of 30–35 years. There is a strong female predominance. The annual incidence is approximately 5/100,000, with a prevalence estimated to be 115/100,000. ...Read more

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After optic neuritis in march this year, followed my numbness, skin pain on my right side, how quickly will MS symptoms worsen?

After optic neuritis in march this year, followed my numbness, skin pain on my right side, how quickly will MS symptoms worsen?

Generic comments: Not clear to me if you truly do or do not have ms, as optic neuritis is only associated with ms about 50% of the time. You may possess an early manifestation called cis, if MRI studies are convincing, and if that is the case, suggest you receive specific meds to prevent clinically definite ms. With proper treatment, your symptoms should not worsen but improve. Find an ms specialist. ...Read more

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How do u know u have optic neuritis? My right eye vision has been blurry for almost a year now. Is the a permanent symptom now associated with the ms?

How do u know u have optic neuritis? My right eye vision has been blurry for almost a year now. Is the a permanent symptom now associated with the ms?

OPTIC NERVE: Presume you had optic neuritis and likely did not fully recover so far. There may be some component of optic atrophy but unlikely to have persistent inflammation over optic nerve at this point, especially now that you are on tysabri (natalizumab). Do have your vision checked and make sure you do not have pars planitis, retinal detachment, vitreous detachment, or glaucoma. ...Read more

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Is optic neuritis always caused by multiple sclerosis?

Not always: But, if there is but one MRI white matter lesion associated with optic neuritis, about 75% of pts have developed clinically definite ms by 14 years. In other words, you may need followup for a period of time if you have suffered optic neuritis. Find an experienced ms specialized neurologist and discuss your situation. ...Read more

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Is optic neuritis sometimes caused by multiple sclerosis?

Is optic neuritis sometimes caused by multiple sclerosis?

No: Though optic neuritis might be the first presentation in someone who will develop ms, there are many times when it is simply optic neuritis. A thorough history and examination by a neurologist can help address for you whether you might already have ms, or simply optic neuritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Glusker
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Neuritis (Definition)

Neuritis describes any condition where there is inflammation of a nerve or nerves, which may cause weakness, ...Read more