Spectrum and Clinical Course of Visual Field Abnormalities in Ethambutol Toxicity.

Journal Article

Visual toxicities from ethambutol are rare but represent one of the few causes of non-glaucomatous and non-compressive bitemporal hemianopsia. The authors present a six-patient case series illustrating variable clinical presentation and reversibility of visual loss in patients treated with ethambutol for Mycobacterium avium complex, including four patients who presented with visual field defects suggestive of bitemporal hemianopsia. Two additional patients were being followed for glaucoma, developed visual field defects with ethambutol treatment, and subsequently recovered with cessation of drug. In patients being treated with ethambutol, reversible bitemporal hemianopsia was the most commonly noted presentation of ethambutol toxicity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mendel, T; Fleischman, D; Allingham, RR; Tseng, H; Chesnutt, DA

Published Date

  • June 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 139 - 145

PubMed ID

  • 27928399

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1744-506X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0165-8107

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/01658107.2016.1173065


  • eng