Bilateral consecutive blindness due to sphenoid sinus mucocele with unilateral partial recovery

Jaime Levy, Tova Monos, Moshe Puterman

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Background: We present an interventional case report of a rare occurrence of sphenoid sinus mucocele causing bilateral consecutive blindness with unilateral partial recovery after endoscopic surgery. Methods: A 64-year-old woman with known sphenoid sinus mucocele and right blindness was referred because of an acute drop of vision to hand motion in her only-seeing left eye over 5 days. Imaging revealed a large mucocele enlarging the sphenoid sinus, eroding the base of the skull, protruding into the cranial cavity, and compressing the left optic nerve. Results: Urgent endoscopic sphenoidotomy was performed. Several hours after the procedure, visual acuity was partially recovered in the left eye. Interpretation: Sphenoid sinus mucoceles can cause bilateral blindness. A high index of suspicion and urgent imaging studies are necessary. Because visual recovery depends on prompt diagnosis and surgical intervention, a close collaboration between otolaryngologists and ophthalmologists is crucial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-508
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Blindness
  • Recovery
  • Sphenoid mucocele

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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