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Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 483056, 3 pages
Case Report

Recovery of Visual Function in a Patient with an Onodi Cell Mucocele Compressive Optic Neuropathy Who Had a 5-Week Interval between Onset and Surgical Intervention: A Case Report

1Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical College, Wenzhou, Zhejiang 325027, China
2Oculoplastic and Orbital Division, Discipline of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The University of Adelaide and South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
3The Department of Otorhinolaryngology, First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510080, China

Received 11 August 2010; Accepted 9 September 2010

Academic Editor: Rupert M. Menapace

Copyright © 2010 Wencan Wu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. To report on a patient with compressive optic neuropathy secondary to an Onodi cell mucocele, who fully recovered visual function following surgery. Method. Case report. Results. A 28-year-old male was admitted with a right visual acuity of 20/100 following treatment for an initial diagnosis of optic neuritis. Subsequent examination suggested compressive optic neuropathy, and neuroimaging confirmed the presence of an Onodi mucocele compressing the optic nerve. The patient underwent a right endonasal sphenoethmoidectomy with decompression 5 weeks after the initial onset of symptoms. Three weeks following surgery, the visual acuity was 20/20, and there was complete resolution of the visual field defect, which has remained stable at 1 year. Conclusion. Onodi cell mucocele should be included in the differential diagnosis of a young patient with compressive optic neuropathy. Surgical decompression should be considered even when symptoms have been present for over a month.