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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 28

of 'Nonarteritic ischemic optic neuropathy: Prognosis and treatment'

Ischemic optic neuropathy in dialyzed patients: a previously unrecognized manifestation of calcific uremic arteriolopathy.
Korzets A, Marashek I, Schwartz A, Rosenblatt I, Herman M, Ori Y
Am J Kidney Dis. 2004;44(6):e93.
Two patients with end-stage renal disease and on long-term hemodialysis presented with hypotension and an acute unilateral loss of vision. A diagnosis of anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION) was made quickly, but despite high-dose steroid therapy, significant vision was not recovered. Temporal artery biopsy results showed extensive medial calcification. The possibility that hypotension, when coupled with calcific uremic arteriolopathy in arteries supplying the optic nerve head, will lead to AION in dialyzed patients is discussed. A short review of AION in the dialysis population is given.
Department of Nephrology, Rabin Medical Center (Campus Golda), Petach Tikva, Israel. asherko@clalit.org.il