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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Can a cranial spinal fluid leak be caused by a papilledema or swelling of the optic nerve?

Can a cranial spinal fluid leak be caused by a papilledema or swelling of the optic nerve?

Different items: Papilledema is a sign of increased intracranial pressure of any etiology, and can be due to tumor, hydrocephalus, brain hemorrhage, infections. Swelling of the optic nerve can be due to optic neuritis or other inflammatory problems. Spinal fluid leaks can be due to trauma over skull such as cribiform plate fracture. If severe trauma, perhaps all could occur together. ...Read more

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Do you know what tests can show if there is swelling in optic nerve?

Do you know what tests can show if there is swelling in optic nerve?

Papilledema : An ophthalmoscope is needed to look into the back of your eye to determine if opti nerve swelling is present. Though this can be done by many health care professionals, it is best done by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Can a dr see optic nerve swelling during a physical exam?

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Can a dr see optic nerve swelling during a physical exam?

Yes: But just like anything else on a physical exam, a doctor is not going to see it all the time, even if it is there. ...Read more

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Can optic nerve swelling have any relation to severe neck pain and tingling in the neck?

Can optic nerve swelling have any relation to severe neck pain and tingling in the neck?

Could be: If you have optic nerve swelling, with loss of vision, you could have optic neuritis. If when you flex or extend your neck, you have electrical shock-like pain or tingling, this could be a Lhermitte's sign. Although several causes, I would evaluate for Multiple Sclerosis. ...Read more

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Involuntary eye closure due to light, exercise, and waking. Have had swelling on optic nerve right side. Psuedo tumor with no dx. Any suggestions ?

Involuntary eye closure due to light, exercise, and waking. Have had swelling on optic nerve right side. Psuedo tumor with no dx. Any suggestions ?

Many symptoms: With so many symptoms one needs to have the benefit of a comprehensive and thorough eye exam to effectively give any suggestions. You need an eye exam. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between optic nerve swelling ( papilledema) and thyroid cancer ?

Is there a connection between optic nerve swelling ( papilledema) and thyroid cancer ?

Papilledema: Papilledema always requires evaluation by an eye md. The causes are myriad including but not limited to inflammatory causes, hypertension, vascular occlusions, ischemic causes, hereditary, compressive causes (tumor), and some medications. Thyroid disease like graves' disease, can compress the eye muscles and optic nerve causing swelling. Thyroid carcinoma can metastise to the eye. ...Read more

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I recently had thyroid cancer and now I have been told i might have optic nerve swelling ( papilledema). Is this because i had thyroid cancer in the ?

I recently had thyroid cancer and now I have been told i might have optic nerve swelling ( papilledema).
Is this because i had thyroid cancer in the ?

Depends: Its not coming from the thyroid but indirectly may have to do with it. For example, could be your pituitary gland reacting to thyroid, chemo if you had it or radiation or could be independent problem. What did MRI show? ...Read more

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What could cause optic nerve swelling, pressure headaches, and peripheral vision loss?

What could cause optic nerve swelling, pressure headaches, and peripheral vision loss?

Papilledema: You could have papilledema which is optic nerve swelling due to elevated intracranial pressure. You should see an ophthalmologist or neurologist right away to be examined. ...Read more

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What can cause metabolic waste on an optic nerve?

Please clarify: Please clarify what you mean by metabolic waste on the optic nerve. Do you have a specific diagnosis or problem to give a more detailed description? ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what can cause optic nerve pressure?

Most of the time: The cause of high intraocular pressure is unknown, but there several known causes as well. Discuss this with your ophthalmologist. If a specific cause can be found in your case, then treatment can be more effective. ...Read more

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What are the causes of metabolic waste on an optic nerve?

Go back to your doc: Unfortunately, I have never heard the term of metabolic waste on an optic nerve. I think that's why it's taking so long to get an answer. I think you may have an optic nerve condition and the ophthalmologist tried to explain it to you in layman terms and the description was misunderstood somehow. I suggest you go back to the ophthalmologist and have him/ her explain it again. Sorry not good help. ...Read more

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Is tilted optic nerve causes blindness?

Is tilted optic nerve causes blindness?

Optic nerve: The only way to answer your question is for you to let me or others know what exactly your concern. Has your eye doctor told you that you have a "tilted optic nerve"? If so what were you told? ...Read more

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What causes optic nerve hypoplasia?

What causes optic nerve hypoplasia?

Birth defect: The exact cause is not known but optic nerve hypoplasia can occur by itself or as part of a larger syndrome of birth defects. Children with this should be have a complete evaluation including neuro-imaging and endocrine work up. ...Read more

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Can a swollen optic nerve cause nausua?

Can a swollen optic nerve cause nausua?

ANYTHING THAT CAUSES: Your brain to receive conflicting info from your eyes and ears can potentially cause nausea. ...Read more

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Can stress cause inflammation of optic nerve?

Can stress cause inflammation of optic nerve?

Optic neuritis : Causes include: ms, syphilis, lyme's disease, herpes zoster, lupus, neurosarcoidosis, inflammatory bowel disease, chloramphenicol, ethambutol, diabetes, and vasculitis. To the extent that stress can contribute to these, it can contribute to optic neuritis. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Optic Nerve (Definition)

The optic nerve receives input from the retina and transmits information to the optic chasm and ultimately the occipital lobe of brain so that images can be ...Read more