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JOMO Spotlight


Decoding Alphabet Soup

we should consider whether it is necessary to use acronyms as opposed to the full terminology. With advancements in smartphrase technology in our electronic health record (EHR) systems perhaps we can move to using full terminology in our clinical notes to decode the alphabet soup for the sake of our fellow medical colleagues.

Neuro Nuggets


Junctional Scotoma From Self-Inflicted Transnasal Penetrating Foreign Body

The case presented here is unique in that the visual field defect was highly suggestive of optic nerve and chiasm damage. The transnasal route of injury in this case is similar to the route of pituitary tumor surgical removal (i.e. transsphenoidal). To the best of our knowledge, this may be the first published case of transnasal penetrating foreign body injury that resulted in a junctional scotoma. 

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Editor's Column


Editor’s Column May 2024

Reader, think critically when going over these articles. Don’t just read them to check out interesting cases (although the case in Neuro Nuggets is quite interesting and unique), use them to change the way you practice and care for your patients. I know I take something away from every issue.

Inside this issue

Dolicoectatic Compression of the Optic Tract: A Case Report

Dolichoectasia is an arterial disease that causes dilation or tortuosity of the impaired vessel. It most commonly affects the vertebrobasilar system and the internal carotid artery. Although most cases are asymptomatic, the condition may manifest by symptoms of  headache, vertigo, visual disturbance, or signs of cranial nerve impairment. 

  • Retina
  • Systemic Disease
  • Neuro
  • Glaucoma
  • Conjunctiva
  • Uveitis
  • Surgical
  • Cataract
  • Anterior Segment
  • Cornea
  • Medications

Management of a Retinal Arterial Macroaneurysm

While patients with RAMs are often asymptomatic, providers must be able to clinically differentiate them from other retinal conditions so they can manage and counsel patients appropriately. This case report reviews the anatomical features, risk factors, clinical course, pathophysiology, and treatment options for potential sequelae of a RAM.

Sarcoid-Induced Uveitis: A Tattooed Journey

When a patient presents with an anterior uveitis that is suspicious for a systemic etiology, it is important to explore all areas of clinical care to determine the cause. Traditionally, the initial approach is to perform an appropriate lab work-up. Beyond this, areas of specialty that are typically considered include rheumatology, radiology, and infectious disease. However, this case report will present a patient that required intervention from dermatology to confirm the source of ocular inflammation.

PHOTO ESSAY: Unilateral Christmas Tree Cataract

A Christmas tree cataract is a rare, unique form of lens opacity. It typically appears as a group of several highly refractile colorful opacities that resemble ornaments decorating a Christmas tree, giving rise to its descriptive name. They are usually asymptomatic and discovered on routine examination. This case describes a patient with a Christmas tree cataract in the right eye.

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