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Eye (Lond). 1993;7 ( Pt 1):148-51.

Optic neuropathy in uraemic patients on dialysis.

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Department of Ophthalmology, West Norwich Hospital, UK.


Optic nerve disease has been reported in patients with renal failure. A toxic aetiology has been postulated. The incidence of this complication of renal failure has not been determined. We observed 60 patients with renal failure on dialysis for 24 months to determine the incidence of optic neuropathy. Four patients developed typical acute ischaemic optic neuropathy. Their case notes were reviewed in order to determine the pathogenesis. Each patient had long-standing renal failure and its sequelae of anaemia and hypertension. The immediate causes of ischaemia were hypotension in 1, severe anaemia in 1, and generalised atherosclerosis in 2 patients.

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