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Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy Due to Calciphylaxis

Sivertsen, Magne, S., MD, PhD; Strøm, Erik, H., MD; Endre, Kim M., A., MD; Jørstad, Øystein, K., MD

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

Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology: March 2018 - Volume 38 - Issue 1 - p 54–56
doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000000581
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Abstract: A 72-year-old woman experienced anterior ischemic optic neuropathy in her left eye. The funduscopic and fluorescein angiographic findings were strongly suggestive of giant cell arteritis. Temporal artery biopsy revealed extensive calcification in the vessel wall consistent with calciphylaxis. This unusual disorder should be considered in the differential diagnosis of anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, particularly the arteritic form.

Departments of Ophthalmology (MSS, ØKJ), Pathology (EHS) and Dermatology (KMAE), Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.

Address correspondence to Øystein K. Jørstad, MD, Oslo University Hospital, Eye Department, P.b. 4950 Nydalen, 0424 Oslo, Norway; E-mail:

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2018 by North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society