Anomalous Course of the Internal Carotid Artery Resulting in Optic Nerve Compression

Authors

  • Danielle Vance Taylor, OD Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Rena Cappelli, OD, MPH, FAAO Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Leah Wiedemann, OD, FAAO Department of Veterans Affairs

Keywords:

optic neuropathy, internal carotid artery, optical coherence tomography, Humphrey visual field, magnetic resonance imaging

Abstract

Compression of the optic nerve by the internal carotid artery can occur due to their proximity as they exit the cavernous sinus. This report details a case of unilateral compressive optic neuropathy resulting from an anomalous course of the internal carotid artery. It presents optical coherence tomography scans, Humphrey visual field results, and magnetic resonance images, as well as reviews other causes of optic neuropathy that can have a similar clinical presentation.

Author Biographies

Danielle Vance Taylor, OD, Department of Veterans Affairs

Optometrist, Jacksonville VA Outpatient Clinic

Rena Cappelli, OD, MPH, FAAO, Department of Veterans Affairs

Supervisory Optometrist, Jacksonville VA Outpatient Clinic

Leah Wiedemann, OD, FAAO, Department of Veterans Affairs

Optometrist, Student Externship Director, Jacksonville VA Outpatient Clinic

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Published

2021-11-24

How to Cite

Vance Taylor, D., Cappelli, R., & Wiedemann, L. (2021). Anomalous Course of the Internal Carotid Artery Resulting in Optic Nerve Compression. Canadian Journal of Optometry, 83(4), 39–44. Retrieved from https://openjournals.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjo/article/view/1795

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Section

Clinical Research