Opto-chiasmatic arachnoiditis in the young

Giorgio Iraci, Massimo A. Gerosa, Laura Tomazzoli, Kurt Pardatscher, Daniele L. Fiore, Antonio G. Secchi, Alma Patrizia Tormene, Rujjaele Javicoli, Renzo Giordano, Alessandro Olivi

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14 young patients, operated upon for opto-ehiasmalie arachnoiditis by craniotomy are presented. 2 main etiopathogenetic forms (and their respective clinical equivalents) of the disease could be recognized. Only I postoperative death occurred, in a patient with a dominant clinical picture of intracranial hypertension. Results of surgery (craniotomy and lysis of adhesions) could be distinguished as positive (functional improvement) in 5 cases, indifferent or negative in the others, with a follow-up duration of up to 23 years. The role of the diagnostic value of the pneumocncephalogram as a basis for surgical indication is discussed: It is felt that this examination, when reported as negative, is not of sufficient value to rule out the diagnosis, which must essentially rely upon clinical data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-66
Number of pages19
JournalPediatric Neurosurgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983


  • Arachnoiditis craniotomy
  • Neuritis
  • Optic chiasm
  • Optic nerve
  • Pneumoencephalogram

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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