Reversible bilateral optic tract edema following pipeline-assisted coiling of a large ophthalmic aneurysm: A case report.

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Edema coursing the optic apparatus has traditionally been associated with sellar and para-sellar tumors. However, postoperative aneurysmal volume expansion following endovascular treatment has been reported to induce cranial neuropathies, such as vision loss in rare instances. Here, we present a case report of worsening optic tract edema associated with bilateral visual acuity deficit following treatment of a large left paraophthalmic aneurysm with pipeline-assisted coiling. Rapid resolution of visual deficit was observed following administration of corticosteroids. A 42-year-old female with a 6-month history of worsening left eye vision and sentinel headache presented with left visual field cut and decreased left visual acuity. She was found to have a large paraophthalmic aneurysm which was treated with pipeline-assisted coiling. Within one week post-treatment, the patient presented to the emergency department with worsening right visual complaints. On magnetic resonance imaging, T2 hyperintensities coursing the right posterior optic nerve, optic chiasm, and bilateral optic tracts were noted. Angiography demonstrated an expanding neck remnant. The patient was treated with oral corticosteroids and repeat pipeline stenting. At four week follow up, she demonstrated significant improvement of symptoms and reduced T2 hyperintensities. With the advancement in endovascular technique for the treatment of large aneurysms, more patients are electing endovascular treatment over microsurgical clipping. Given the possibility of continued growth following endovascular treatment, patient counseling regarding risks and side effects is paramount.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Osorno-Cruz, C; Piscopo, A; Raghuram, A; Sanchez, S; Samaniego, E; Hasan, D

Published Date

  • December 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 211 /

Start / End Page

  • 107029 -

PubMed ID

  • 34794059

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-6968

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.clineuro.2021.107029


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands