|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 6 | Page : 1163-1165
Importance of neuroimaging in normal tension glaucoma
Jaideep Sharma, Anshul Jain, Purvi R Bhagat
M and J Western Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Civil Hospital Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
|Date of Submission||29-Aug-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||10-Dec-2019|
|Date of Web Publication||25-May-2020|
Dr. Jaideep Sharma
188 A Lane No. 7, Govind Path, Katewa Nagar, Jaipur - 302 019, Rajasthan
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Keywords: Magnetic resonance imaging, normal tension glaucoma, primary empty sella
|How to cite this article:|
Sharma J, Jain A, Bhagat PR. Importance of neuroimaging in normal tension glaucoma. Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:1163-5
Primary empty sella syndrome (PESS) is caused by an increase in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure or a defect in the diaphragma sellae, where the pituitary gland is absent or present as a thin membrane. Optic nerve examination and visual field analysis show glaucomatous changes with normal intraocular pressures (IOPs).
A 51-year-old male weighing 65 kg presented with gradual progressive painless diminution of vision in both eyes for 1 year with no significant medical or other histories. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) oculus dexter (OD) was counting fingers near face and oculus sinister (OS) was 6/18. Intraocular pressures (IOPs) were normal. A relative afferent pupillary defect in the right eye (RE) was found. Color vision was defective. Gonioscopy revealed open angles in both eyes. Pachymetry was in the normal range. Fundus examination OD revealed a 0.7-cup disc ratio and in OS 0.8-cup disc ratio, with both eyes showing bayonetting, baring of circumlinear vessels, and nasalization of blood vessels, with rim pallor more than cupping suggesting neurophthalmic cause [Figure 1].
|Figure 1: Fundus photographs showing advanced optic disc changes with rim pallor in RE and LE|
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Two hourly diurnal fluctuations ranged normal. Visual field examination showed severe generalized depression, tubular field and absence of split fixation in the left eye (LE) [Figure 2].
All systemic investigations were within normal limits.
Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an empty sella [Figure 3] and venography was non-significant.
Normal tension glaucoma (NTG) is a diagnosis made after excluding causes of burnout glaucoma and previous episodes of acute hemodynamic disturbances. In PESS, nerve fibers in optic chiasm are perfused from the posterior communicating arteries, which pass round the infundibulum above the pituitary gland. If any mechanical changes occur near the pituitary or sella turcica, the arachnoid may be drawn inferiorly simultaneously pulling the optic chiasm and perfusion vessels downward with resultant optic nerve ischemic changes. We need to remember this association between empty sella, NTG and resultant visual loss. Hence, it becomes necessary to include neuroimaging as an added diagnostic tool in our armamentarium for NTG to avoid diagnostic delay and prevent visual disability.
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