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SWELLING OF OPTIC NERVE HEAD. Ultrasound showed suggestion

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SWELLING OF OPTIC NERVE HEAD.
Ultrasound showed suggestion of buried disc drusen so CT scan recommended.
This did not show optic nerve head drusen though the cut is not directly through the top end of the nerve. Some opacification of the left maxillary sinus - consultant radiologist has noticed some generalised atrophy of the brain with prominent subdural spaces of a moderate nature and some subtle periventricular white matter changes. Low density ischaemic changes also seem out of line with patient's age (26).
Neurology referral suggested. Does this sound serious?
Submitted: 6 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 6 days ago.

Hi there,
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Thanks for posting the report.

Raised intra cranial pressure can cause prominent subdural spaces and brain atrophy.

However, ischemic changes or lack of blood flow is not normal for her age.

This can be related to autoimmune disorder ( lupus for example) affecting the blood circulation in the brain.

This can also affect the optic nerve as well.

Hence this can be serious.

Best wishes,
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