Optic nerve glioma - neurofibromatosis type 1

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard


Gradual loss of vision.

Patient Data

Age: Child
Gender: Male

MRI brain

MRI of the brain demonstrates enlargement and enhancement of the optic apparatus, including the posterior optic nerves, optic chiasm, optic tracts and into the midbrain and basal ganglia. 

The pituitary gland can be seen as separate to the mass which pushes down upon it. 

Case Discussion

This case illustrates the  typical appearances of an extensive optic pathway glioma in a child with known NF1. 

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Case information

rID: 5676
Published: 11th Mar 2009
Last edited: 9th Jan 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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