Spontaneous resolution of ophthalmologic symptoms following bilateral traumatic carotid cavernous fistulae.

Briana C. Gapsis, Roshni U. Ranjit, Sharad Malavade, Andrew Carey, Reed Murtagh, Mitchell D. Drucker, Peter R. Pavan

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A 38-year-old woman developed bilateral carotid cavernous fistulae (CCF) following a motor vehicle collision. Her initial ophthalmologic findings included periorbital edema, palsies of the left oculomotor and abducens nerves, and residual dilated pupils. She subsequently developed significant optic disc edema and retinal vascular dilation bilaterally. Patients with similar injuries typically require neurosurgical or vascular intervention. In this case, the patient's signs resolved spontaneously by 21 months after onset, leaving no residual ocular deficits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-38
Number of pages6
JournalDigital journal of ophthalmology : DJO / sponsored by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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