Monocular band optic atrophy

Roger E. Turbin, Leslie St Louis, Dai Barr, Mark J. Kupersmith

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Band or “bow tie” optic atrophy is characterized by well-described ophthalmoscopic findings in the optic nerve and nerve liber layer and homonymous hemianopia. It is typically associated with compressive lesions of the pregeniculate post-chiasmal visual pathway or, less commonly, congenital malformations affecting the postgeniculate radiations or cortex. A unique case with band optic atrophy is described because of the unilateral visual defect. The optic atrophy is strictly unilateral and without an obvious structural lesion that could explain the optic disc damage. However, incidental cerebral gray matter cortical heterotopia may mark a congenital insult that contributed to both of these abnormal findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-245
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neuro-Ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Band optic atrophy
  • Cerebral heterotopia
  • Optic tract compression


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