Anterior clinoid mucocele presenting with orbital apex syndrome.

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BACKGROUND: Pneumatized anterior clinoid process is a common anatomic variant. Mucocele formation is a known complication of clinoid drilling during certain intracranial operations; however, mucoceles of pneumatized anterior clinoid processes have been found to spontaneously occur. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 44-year-old male presented with complaints of left-sided retro-orbital pain, double vision, and numbness over the upper face and scalp on the left side of 1-week duration. On examination, he was found to develop cranial nerve III, IV, and VI palsies with pupillary sparing, ophthalmic division cranial nerve V dysfunction, and eventually, the onset of vision loss. CONCLUSIONS: We report a case of spontaneous anterior clinoid process mucocele presenting with orbital apex syndrome. This was treated successfully with anterior clinoidectomy for decompression.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, AC; Than, KD; Ramnath, S; Pandey, AS

Published Date

  • 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 /

Start / End Page

  • 63 -

PubMed ID

  • 23772333

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23772333

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2229-5097

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4103/2152-7806.111583


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States