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Long-term prognosis of transient lone bilateral blindness in adolescents and young adults.
  1. S Bower,
  2. M Dennis,
  3. C Warlow,
  4. N Jordan,
  5. H Sagar
  1. Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK.


    We describe a group of 14 patients aged 8-38 years at presentation who had one or more sudden transient attacks of bilateral blindness. Eight patients described bilateral blindness as their only symptom whereas six others experienced some mild associated symptoms. Visual loss always developed within seconds and attacks were often precipitated by exercise, stress, or postural change. Of 13 patients available for review, none suffered a major vascular event during a mean follow up of 10 years. When adolescents and young adults present with transient bilateral blindness, investigations are unlikely to reveal a cause and the long-term prognosis appears benign.

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