Visual loss associated with fibrous dysplasia of the anterior skull base. Case report and review of the literature

Christopher B. Michael, Andrew G. Lee, James R. Patrinely, Samuel Stal, Jerry Bob Blacklock

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Abstract

The authors present a case of visual loss associated with fibrous dysplasia of the anterior skull base and the surgical management of this case. Preoperative computerized tomography scanning in this patient demonstrated a patent optic foramen and a rapidly growing cystic mass within the orbit, which was responsible for the patient's visual loss. A literature review revealed that this case is typical, in that cystic mass lesions of various types are frequently responsible for visual loss associated with fibrous dysplasia. The authors did not find significant evidence in the literature to support the notion that visual loss associated with fibrous dysplasia is the result of progressive optic canal stenosis, thus raising questions about the value of prophylactic optic canal decompression. Instead, as demonstrated by this case and those uncovered in the literature review, most instances of visual loss result from the rapid growth of mass lesions of cystic fibrous dysplasia, mucoceles, or hemorrhage. Findings of the literature review and the present case of fibrous dysplasia of the anterior skull base support a role for extensive surgical resection in these cases and indicate a need for additional prospective analysis of a larger number of patients with this disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-354
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery
Volume92
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

Keywords

  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Skull base
  • Visual loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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