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Is it possible for an acute infection on my front upper tooth

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Is it possible for an acute infection on my front upper tooth to travel through my sinus and causing swelling in optic nerve in my eye resulting in optic neuritis.
This tooth had been root treated.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Hi there. Thank you for your question. I will be helping you out with your queries

Dr. Shahzad MD :

welcome

JACUSTOMER-wv2xes7c- :

Thanks

Dr. Shahzad MD :

It is VERY unlikely for an infection of tooth to spread and cause optic neuritis.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Other causes of optic neuritis should be considered and ruled out.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Do you have any other symptoms other than vision problems as a result of optic neuritis?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Please let me know.

JACUSTOMER-wv2xes7c- :

No have had all tests incl mri to rule out ms

Dr. Shahzad MD :

idiopathic opitc neuritis is something that is very common. "Idiopathic" means due to unknown cause.

JACUSTOMER-wv2xes7c- :

Yes but could there be link to cause occurring from bacteria of infected tooth

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Very Unlikely.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

I do not think that the tooth infection has caused it.

JACUSTOMER-wv2xes7c- :

Is there any possibility that infection can travel to eye

Dr. Shahzad MD :

If that were the cause you would have not only had optic neuritis, you would have most like had an eye infection called as orbital cellulitis.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AHQjqVKhHrI/T0qJuQnalKI/AAAAAAAAC4E/NeeLFAwcDGA/s1600/orbital-cellulitisc200pxw.jpg

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Here is a picture of how orbital cellulitis looks like.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

So the possibility of a tooth infection traveling to the eye and causing only opitic neuritis and sparing rest of the eye is extremely remote.

JACUSTOMER-wv2xes7c- :

I got treatment straight away. Steroids. Can you research. I need to go to work I will check back with you later.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

A tooth infection cannot cause opitic neuritis only like I mentioned.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

So its not the tooth infection that caused the optic neuritis.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Let me know if you have any further questions.

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 years ago.

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