Axonal loss after traumatic optic neuropathy documented by optical coherence tomography.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PURPOSE: To report longitudinal retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness measurements using optical coherence tomography (OCT) in a patient with traumatic optic neuropathy. DESIGN: Observational case report. METHODS: A 14-year-old boy with severe optic nerve trauma had repeated OCT scans of the peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer at 3 days, 20 days, 40 days, and 70 days after injury. RESULTS: There was gradual loss of nerve fibers as shown by the OCT color-coded map, RNFL thickness profile, and RNFL thickness measurements around the optic disk. At 70 days of follow-up, severe thinning of the RNFL was observable. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that OCT is able to assess and monitor axonal loss after traumatic optic neuropathy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Medeiros, FA; Moura, FC; Vessani, RM; Susanna, R

Published Date

  • March 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 135 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 406 - 408

PubMed ID

  • 12614771

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9394

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0002-9394(02)02049-4


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States