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Med J Aust. 1977 Jan 15;1(3):65-6.

Low-carbohydrate diet optic neuropathy.


Visual loss occurring in two patients taking prolonged carbohydrate-restrictive diets is reported. The clinical data in these patients point to a specific diet deficiency of thiamine, causing a bilateral optic neuropathy. A discussion of current concepts of thiamine deficiency in neuroophthalmic disorders is presented. It is recommended that patients on low-carbohydrate diets for prolonged periods of time should receive thiamine supplements.

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