New Findings from Tufts University Update Understanding of Ophthalmology (Optical coherence tomography shows retinal abnormalities associated with optic nerve disease)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Pain & Central Nervous System Week -- Researchers detail new data in Health and Medicine. According to news reporting out of Boston, Massachusetts, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the macula in patients with primary optic neuropathy has revealed the presence of structural changes in the neurosensory retina in addition to the nerve fibre layer. Subretinal fluid has been documented in papilloedema and non-arteritic ischaemic optic neuropathy, and may account for decreased visual acuity in affected patients."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Tufts University, "Subretinal fluid has also been described from other causes of optic nerve head swelling including diabetic papillopathy and papillitis. Drugs used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, such as corticosteroids and fingolimod can cause decreased vision due to central serous and cystoid macular oedema sometimes confused with recurrent optic neuritis. A subset of patients with various types of optic atrophy show microcystic changes in the inner nuclear layer on spectral domain OCT imaging."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The pathophysiology and visual significance of these retinal changes remain unclear, but may affect the diagnosis and management of optic nerve disorders."
For more information on this research see: Optical coherence tomography shows retinal abnormalities associated with optic nerve disease. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 2014;98():30-33. British Journal of Ophthalmology can be contacted at: Bmj Publishing Group, British Med Assoc House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, England. (BMJ Publishing Group - group.bmj.com/; British Journal of Ophthalmology - bjo.bmj.com/)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting K.L. Tawse, Tufts University, New England Eye Center, Tufts Med Center, Boston, MA 02111, United States. Additional authors for this research include T.R. Hedges, M. Gobuty and C. Mendoza-Santiesteban (see also Health and Medicine).
Keywords for this news article include: Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Imaging Technology, Health and Medicine, North and Central America, Optical Coherence Tomography
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