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A case of unilateral optic disc swelling with chronic active Epstein–Barr virus infection

Authors Aizawa N, Nakazawa T, Shimura M

Published 30 August 2010 Volume 2010:4 Pages 977—979


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Naoko Aizawa1, Toru Nakazawa1, Masahiko Shimura2

1Department of Ophthalmology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan; 2Department of Ophthalmology, NTT East Japan Tohoku Hospital, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

Abstract: Ocular complications of chronic active Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) infection have rarely been reported and are usually associated with systemic symptoms. We described a 17-year-old boy with unilateral optic disc swelling without any systemic symptoms at the initial onset. Antibody titers to EBV were markedly elevated. Treatment with immunosuppressants and corticosteroids dramatically relieved all his symptoms, including unilateral optic swelling and visual field abnormalities.

Epstein–Barr virus, optic disk swelling

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