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Bilateral Optic Neuritis due to Malaria

Chacko, Joseph G. MD; Onteddu, Sanjeeva MD; Rosenbaum, Eric R. MD, MPH

Section Editor(s): McCulley, Timothy J. MD

doi: 10.1097/WNO.0b013e31829ff911
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Abstract: Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease caused by protists of the genus Plasmodium. Malaria is widespread in tropical regions around the equator, including much of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Americas, and uncommonly seen in the developed world. Although a variety of ocular manifestations have been linked to malaria, optic neuritis is rare. We report a patient who developed bilateral optic neuritis after he was treated successfully for acute falciparum malaria.

Department of Ophthalmology (JGC), Jones Eye Institute, and Departments of Neurology (JGC, SO), and Pathology (ERR), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Address correspondence to Joseph G. Chacko, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Jones Eye Institute, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 W. Markham, 523, Little Rock, AR 72205; E-mail:

Supported in part by an unrestricted grant from Research to Prevent Blindness (New York, NY) and the Pat & Willard Walker Eye Research Center, Jones Eye Institute, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR).

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2013 by North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society