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Idiopathic Opticochiasmatic Arachnoiditis

Lessell, Simmons MD; E. Grzybowski, Andrzej MD

doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000000089
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Abstract: A critical review of the literature indicates that idiopathic opticochiasmatic arachnoiditis, once considered an important consideration in patients with otherwise unexplained optic atrophy, is not a valid disease entity.

Department of Ophthalmology (SL), Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Department of Ophthalmology (AG), Poznan City Hospital Poznan, Poland; and Department of Ophthalmology (AG), University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland.

Address correspondence to Simmons Lessell, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School, 243 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114; E-mail:

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2014 by North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society