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Gastroenterol Clin Biol. 2009 Feb;33(2):115-7. doi: 10.1016/j.gcb.2008.12.004. Epub 2009 Feb 6.

Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy complicating interferon alpha and ribavirin therapy in patients with chronic hepatitisC.

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  • 1EFD-HE unit, Ibn Sina Hospital, Rabat, Morocco. kabbaj


Ophthalmological complications with interferon therapy are rare, usually mild and reversible, and do not require the withdrawal of antiviral treatment. Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy is an uncommon complication of interferon treatment. From January 1998 to December 2007, three patients developed anterior ischemic optic neuropathy during antiviral treatment, with a favourable course after interferon was discontinued. Periodic Ophthalmological examinations, including visual acuity and fundus examinations should be performed before starting and during treatment, particularly in patients with vascular risk factors. Antiviral therapy should be stopped immediately if severe ophthalmologic complications occur.

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