Clinical Case Notes
Anterior clinoid mucocele causing acute monocular blindness
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2007
Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
Volume 35, Issue 7, pages 675–676, September/October 2007
How to Cite
Thurtell, M. J., Besser, M. and Halmagyi, G. M. (2007), Anterior clinoid mucocele causing acute monocular blindness. Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology, 35: 675–676. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2007.01569.x
- Issue published online: 24 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2007
- Received 14 March 2007; accepted 19 June 2007.
- anterior clinoid;
We report a patient who presented with acute painful monocular visual loss reminiscent of idiopathic optic neuritis. After treatment with corticosteroids was commenced, an anterior clinoid mucocele causing compressive optic neuropathy was demonstrated on imaging studies. The diagnosis was proven histopathologically following excision of the lesion via craniotomy. Although very rare as a cause of optic neuropathy, anterior clinoid mucocele should be excluded by adequately imaging the optic canal, as visual prognosis is poor if surgical decompression is not performed in a timely fashion.