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Acute unilateral visual loss due to a single intranasal methamphetamine abuse.
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PMID:  10355156     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An otherwise healthy 35 year old male with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) presented himself three days after a single intranasal methamphetamine abusus. Directly upon awakening the day after the recreational use of this drug, he discovered an acute and severe visual loss of his right eye. This unilateral loss of vision was permanent and eventually lead to a pale and atrophic optic nerve head. The characteristics of this visual loss, together with the aspect of the optic nerve head was very similar to the classical non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). We suggest a direct ischemic episode to the short posterior ciliary arteries due to this single intranasal abuse of methamphetamine as the underlying pathogenesis of this acute and permanent visual loss.
J Wijaya; P Salu; A Leblanc; S Bervoets
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bulletin de la Société belge d'ophtalmologie     Volume:  271     ISSN:  0081-0746     ISO Abbreviation:  Bull Soc Belge Ophtalmol     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-24     Completed Date:  1999-06-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505353     Medline TA:  Bull Soc Belge Ophtalmol     Country:  BELGIUM    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Ophthalmology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Inhalation
Blindness / chemically induced*
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications
Methamphetamine / administration & dosage*,  poisoning
Optic Neuropathy, Ischemic / chemically induced*
Substance-Related Disorders / complications*
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