MONOCULAR VISUAL LOSS AFTER CLOSED HEAD TRAUMA: IMMEDIATE RESOLUTION ASSOCIATED WITH SPINAL MANIPULATION
 
   

Monocular Visual Loss After
Closed Head Trauma:
Immediate Resolution
Associated with Spinal Manipulation

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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FROM:   J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1995 (Jun);   18 (5):   308314

Gorman RF


OBJECTIVE:   To discuss the case of a patient who demonstrated that spinal injuries may cause both cortical and ocular visual loss that was ameliorated by manipulative care.

CLINICAL FEATURES:   The patient suffered separate incidents of binocular and monocular loss of vision. A female child, aged 9 yr, presented with bilateral concentric narrowing of the visual fields that returned to normal immediately after spinal treatment. Approximately 1 yr later, she returned with monocular loss of vision after she was struck on the head by a ball.

INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME:   The child was treated by spinal manipulation under anesthesia; the vision was found to be normal on awakening from the anesthesia. Both visual recoveries were authenticated by an independent ophthalmic specialist.

CONCLUSIONS:   This case history adds to the other recorded occasions in which vision is noted to improve when the spine is manipulated. Discussion is directed to the basic pathogenesis: is her condition a form of psychoneurosis, is it a variant of migraine, or could it be a combination of both conditions?


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