Clinical study on ocular manifestations of intracranial tumours

Ganeshkumar, Jayakrishnan (2007) Clinical study on ocular manifestations of intracranial tumours. Masters thesis, Stanley Medical College, Chennai.


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INTRODUCTION: Neuro-ophthalmology, an offshoot of the neurosciences, is a subspeciality which has not received its due share of recognition, probably because it does not entirely belong to one faculty, comprising of a team of Ophthalmologists, Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Radiologists and even includes Primary care Physicians. This field is rapidly expanding with vastly improved and refined diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for various afflictions of the visual apparatus of neurologic origin. AIM OF THE STUDY: To study the incidence of ocular signs and symptoms in intracranial tumours. To correlate the ocular symptoms and signs with the location of the brain tumour. To study the value of ocular symptoms and signs in predicting the presence of an intra cranial tumour. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted at Govt. Stanley Medical College and Hospital, Chennai involving the Departments of Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, Neuromedicine and Radio Diagnosis. The period of the study was from October 2004 to October 2006. A total of 79 patients who presented with either ocular, neurological or both complaints, suggestive of a brain tumour, were thoroughly evaluated and followed up. Out of these 12 patients were discarded in the final analysis based on the guidelines followed and therefore a total of 67 patients were included in this study. SUMMARY: Out of the initial 79 patients, 67 were finally selected based on the criteria specified for the study. There were 32 male patients (47.76%) and 35 female patients (52.2%). The maximum incidence of brain tumours was seen in the 21-30 years age group (18 patients – 26.8%). CONCLUSION: Among the 67 patients studied, 21-30 year age group was the most commonly affected. Overall, there was no sex predilection on the whole in this study, though females were more commonly affected in the younger age group and the males more affected in the elderly group while the middle aged group were equally distributed. This study re-emphasizes the importance of Ophthalmologists, Neurosurgeons, Radiologists and Neurologists working as a unit towards early and accurate diagnosis with prompt management and patient care as far as intra cranial tumours are concerned to help reduce the morbidity.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: intracranial tumours; ocular manifestations
Subjects: MEDICAL > Ophthalmology
Depositing User: Devi S
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2017 05:51
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2017 05:51

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