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When ‘glaucomatous fields’ are not glaucoma: bilateral calcarine fissure strokes masquerading as glaucoma in a normal tension glaucoma suspect
  1. Nayomi Perera1,
  2. Melissa Shields1,
  3. Marlon Perera2 and
  4. Paul A Adler1
  1. 1 Department of Ophthalmology, Parke Street Medical Centre, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2 Department of Urology, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Marlon Perera, marlonlperera{at}


A 78-year-old man with vascular risk factors and a family history of glaucoma presents with bilateral superior arcuate visual field loss. MRI brain was reported normal. Intraocular pressure (IOP) and optical coherence tomography of the retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) were within normal limits. A tentative diagnosis of normal tension glaucoma was made. Over the next 5 years, IOP remained stable without treatment, serial visual fields noted repeatable bilateral superior depressions with normal RNFL. Referral to a glaucoma subspecialist and subsequently neuro-ophthalmologist prompted repeat MRIs, which demonstrated mild small vessel ischaemia. Standard visual evoked potentials (VEPs) were normal. Multifocal VEPs identified poor response across the entire visual field in both eyes. The combination of visual defects, unremarkable RNFL and reduced multifocal VEPs raised suspicion of bilateral inferior calcarine fissure change. Retrospective review of MRI’s in a multidisciplinary meeting confirmed extensive microvascular changes with bilateral inferior calcarine fissure ischaemia.

  • glaucoma
  • neuroimaging
  • neuro-opthalmology
  • stroke

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  • Contributors NP and MS were involved in the collection and analysis of the data and drafting the initial manuscript. PA and MP were involved in the final editing of the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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