Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology and Research

: 2019  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 128--129

A typical case of optic nerve head avulsion

Shachi Rohan Desai1, Tejas Desai2,  
1 Centre for Retinal Diseases, The Eye Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Retina, Sheth C. H. Nagri Eye Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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Desai SR, Desai T. A typical case of optic nerve head avulsion.J Clin Ophthalmol Res 2019;7:128-129

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Optic nerve avulsion is a very rare devastating condition following blunt trauma. It is defined as traumatic disinsertion of optic nerve fibers from the globe at the level of lamina cribrosa.[1] Trauma during road traffic accidents and following falls have been most common causes for optic nerve avulsion but there have been reports in the literature where trauma during various sports like basket ball, polo, skate and even self inflicted thumb injury during practice session of Thai kick boxing lead to avulsion.[2] Object striking the globe at an angle leading to extreme rotation and forward displacement of globe is the mechanism behind optic nerve avulsion. Loss of myelin and absence of supportive tissue at lamina cribrosa makes it more susceptible location for disinsertion.[2],[3]

In most of the cases, optic nerve details are obscured by concomitant vitreous hemorrhage. Ultrasonography (USG) is a handy, easily available and affordable modality to confirm the diagnosis in such cases. Hypolucency at the junction of optic nerve and globe followed by hyperlucency posterior to it due to displaced lamina cribrosa are the signs on USG suggestive of disinsertion of optic nerve.[4],[5]

In this case, clinical presentation and fundus findings was clearly suggestive of optic nerve avulsion eliminating further role of any imaging modality for confirmation of ophthalmic diagnosis. A 35-year-old male presented to us with a complaint of loss of vision in the right eye for 3 days. He had a history of trauma to the right eye with a metal rod while traveling in a rickshaw during road traffic accident before 3 days. The patient had consulted local doctors, and he was on tablet prednisolone 50 mg once a day, tablet Vitamin C 500 mg twice a day, and moxifloxacin with prednisolone eye drops four times a day. Visual acuity in the right eye on presentation was no perception of light and in the left eye was 6/6. On distant examination, there was no associated trauma to the head or face. Anterior-segment examination of the right eye revealed a 2 mm × 2 mm-patch of subconjunctival hemorrhage temporally, a clear cornea, a clear lens in position, and normal extraocular movements. Swinging flashlight test revealed relative afferent pupillary defect grade 4 in the right eye and normal pupillary reaction in the left eye. On fundus examination, media was hazy due to minimal vitreous hemorrhage. There was a large retinal tear surrounding the probable position of the optic nerve head with edematous ischemic retina [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3]. The excavated area with hemorrhage at the optic nerve head was suggestive of optic nerve head avulsion [Figure 1] and [Figure 3]. The anterior and posterior segments of the left eye were normal on examination.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}

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