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Am J Ophthalmol. 1997 Nov;124(5):703-4.

Optic neuritis after influenza vaccination.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Summa Health System, Akron, OH, USA. Tomphull@AOL.com

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To present evidence for a causal relation between optic neuritis and influenza vaccination.

METHODS:

Case report. In a 59-year-old woman with bilateral optic neuritis, neuro-ophthalmologic examination, magnetic resonance imaging, fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption test, antinuclear antibodies, and complete blood cell count and chemistry were performed.

RESULTS:

Our patient developed bilateral optic neuritis on two occasions, 1 year apart. No evidence of neuroretinitis, syphilis, or systemic lupus erythematosus was identified. Influenza vaccination was given 2 weeks before the onset of each episode.

CONCLUSION:

This case provides compelling clinical evidence that implicates influenza vaccination as a cause of optic neuritis.

PMID:
9372734
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