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Transient vision loss at depth due to presumed barotraumatic optic neuropathy.
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PMID:  23045919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Pressure-related vision loss has been reported during ascent to altitude. We report the case of an otherwise healthy diver who suffered painless, sudden-onset binocular vision loss at depth, followed by complete recovery immediately upon surfacing. We examine the dive and briefly discuss the differential diagnosis of transient vision loss in the setting of ambient pressure changes. We conclude that the diver likely suffered from sphenoid sinus barotrauma, possibly in association with dehiscence of the bony canals of the optic nerves as they travel in close proximity to the walls of the sphenoid sinus.
Eric J Hexdall; Frank K Butler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Undersea & hyperbaric medicine : journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1066-2936     ISO Abbreviation:  Undersea Hyperb Med     Publication Date:    2012 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9312954     Medline TA:  Undersea Hyperb Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  911-4     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology, Durham, North Carolina, USA.
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