After a brief bibliographic introduction the authors report on 14 cases of cavernous degeneration of the optic nerve, based upon the study of 1,831 autopsy cases. All subjects examined showed lesions of a senile degenerative type in the vessels afferent to the retro-laminar segment of the optic nerve. The pathogenetic mechanism of the lesion under examination seems therefore to be attributable to chronic ischemia. Myopia and glaucoma, if present, would also seem to contribute, as they cause disorders of the blood system in this region.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1977|
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