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Unexplained Visual Loss Laura S. Gilmore, MD Grand Rounds September 9, 2005 Texas Tech University HSC Lubbock, TX Discussant: Kenn Freedman, MD.

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1 Unexplained Visual Loss Laura S. Gilmore, MD Grand Rounds September 9, 2005 Texas Tech University HSC Lubbock, TX Discussant: Kenn Freedman, MD

2 History Chief Complaint: Vision loss, OD>OS HPI: 22yo WF with progressively deteriorating vision over 2-3 months, worse OD, with no associated neurologic symptoms. PMH: Dx’d with Crohn’s Disease 4 years ago, on remicaide and prednisone. Currently suspect for MS. Ocular History: 20/20, no glasses. One episode 1 year ago of OD blurring, with associated slurring of speech, difficulty walking, and involuntary eye movements. Spontaneously resolved. FH: migraines, blindness secondary to glaucoma SH: +tobacco Meds: Remicaide, prednisone

3 Physical Exam VS: BP 100/70, pulse 64, RRR VA: OD 20/400, BC 20/160; OS 20/40, BC NI Color: 5/9 OD, 8/9 OS Amsler: Central blur OD, nl OS VF: constricted OD, hemifield defect OS Pupils: Round, reactive, No APD Motility: Full OU IOP: 16 OU Ant segment: Clear, D/Q, no synechiae DFE: normal OU, no disc pallor/elevation/heme

4 Visual Field

5 Workup MRI brain/orbits with/without contrast DM, thyroid w/u per PCP, reportedly negative ESR, CRP, CBC, FTAbs, ACE, B12, folate, BUN/CR, ANA

6 Results Strongly ANA positive-nucleolar –High prevalence in Progressive Systemic Sclerosis, a diffuse progressive form of scleroderma, and in some rheumatic diseases –Lower prevalence in SLE MRI negative except small, 5mm pituitary microadenoma on left side. No plaques or other tumors. No optic nerve involvement. Prior MRI at similar episode 1 year ago reportedly with small brainstem lesion, not apparent on this study. Films not available. Several MRIs in 3 prior MS w/u’s-normal

7 Differential Diagnosis Optic neuropathy Retrobulbar neuritis Brain/visual pathway lesion MS PSS SLE Rheumatic disease Granulomatous processes (syphilis, sarcoid) Medication side effect

8 Next Steps Increase PO prednisone, referral to Rheumatology RE ANA, Neurology 2 nd opinion, D/W GI RE medications for Crohn’s Why? –Remicaide has been reportedly associated with vision loss, visual field defects, onset and/or exacerbation of demyelinating disease

9 Remicaide Anti-TNF antibody first introduced in Autumn 1999 Used in tx of RA, Crohn’s, spondyloarthropathy, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Behcet’s, Wegener’s, HLA-B27 + uveitis, chronic severe refractory uveitis, psoriasis Reported side effects: infections, development of ANA and anti-dsDNA antibodies, lupus-like syndrome, lymphoma, exacerbation of or development of demyelinating disease, CHF, injection-site reactions Side effects seem to be cumulative, often occurring after third dose; usually dosed q 4 or 8 weeks

10 Case Reports 3 cases of toxic anterior optic neuropathy after remicaide, with cecocentral VF defects that did not improve with steroid tx and with ONH pallor first evident at 2 months (10) Rare cases of clinical sx and/or MRI changes suggestive of MS or optic neuritis (10) Increases MRI activity in MS pts (11) Report of onset of a demyelinating process after the institution of remicaide tx for Crohn's disease. (8,9) Report of a 35-year-old woman with colitis who developed MS symptoms after treatment with remicaide (2)

11 Course VA OD subjectively slightly improved at 6 week f/u, 6 weeks post cessation of remicaide, but obj essentially stable (BCVA 20/200); OS stable No change in VA after 6 weeks HVF slightly improved 3 months after first exam, but still with dense cecocentral scotoma OD 3 months post first exam, first sign of early temporal pallor OU. Possible early optic atrophy? Neuro has dx’d as MS, d/c’d remicaide and continued prednisone Pt lost to f/u with us after 3 month appt

12 Photos, 3 months out

13 Visual Field, 3 months out

14 Summary Anti-TNF alpha antibody preparations are becoming TOC for several diseases Emerging side effects of these medications include visual changes, as well as MS-like processes Long-term care studies still evolving Therefore must keep meds in mind; is it truly MS? Or MS induced by tx? Or prior, undiagnosed MS exacerbated by tx? Or unknown mechanism and effects that just looks like MS?

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