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Visual field fluctuations correlating with the menstrual cycle in a patient with optic pathway glioma
  1. Adam Jacobson1,
  2. Marcia Leonard2,
  3. Patricia Robertson2 and
  4. Brenda L Bohnsack1
  1. 1Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, W K Kellogg Eye Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  2. 2Department of Neurology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Brenda L Bohnsack; brendabo{at}


Optic pathway gliomas are commonly associated with vision loss in children. We describe an 18-year-old woman with neurofibromatosis, type 1 and an optic nerve glioma who showed reproducible visual field defects that worsened midmenstrual cycle and returned to baseline during menses. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of visual field fluctuations in a patient with an optic nerve glioma that correlated with her menstrual cycle.

  • neurooncology
  • CNS cancer
  • visual pathway

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  • Contributors AJ: patient care, wrote paper. ML: patient care, edited paper. PR: patient care, edited paper. BLB: patient care, wrote and edited paper.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.