Suprasellar meningioma presenting with glaucomatous type cupping

Francesco Pellegrini, Michele Marullo, Antonio Zappacosta, Tatiana Liberali, Alessandra Cuna, Andrew G. Lee

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Purpose: To describe a case of a suprasellar meningioma compressing the chiasm from below and producing a unilateral fascicular (nasal) visual field defect that mimicked glaucomatous cupping. Case report: A 78-year-old man presented with painless, progressive, unilateral arcuate visual field defect. He was diagnosed with “normal tension glaucoma” based on an asymmetric cup to disc ratio. Despite treatment with anti-glaucoma drops, the visual field defect progressed. Neurophthalmic evaluation was consistent with a compressive optic neuropathy OD. Brain MRI showed a suprasellar meningioma compressing on the junction of the optic nerve and chiasm from below. Conclusion: Although junctional visual field loss (e.g. junctional scotoma and junctional scotoma of Traquair) are well-known presentations of compressive lesions at the optic chiasm, we describe a monocular, ipsilateral compressive superior nasal defect and asymmetric cupping as the presenting sign of a junctional compressive lesion mimicking glaucomatous cupping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)NP36-NP40
JournalEuropean Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 22 2020


  • Suprasellar meningioma
  • altitudinal field defect
  • fascicular field defect
  • glaucoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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