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Neuro-ophthalmological manifestations of Behçet’s disease
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    Pseudotumor cerebri in Behçet’s disease
    • Gülden Akdal, professor of neurology Dokuz Eylul University Hospital, Izmir, Turkey

    We read with interest the masterly review of the neuro-ophthalmology of Behcet’s disease by Alghamdi et al (1). One small aspect we question. The authors state that in their patients with papilledema: “The diagnosis of CVT was documented in all patients by cerebral angiography and MRI showing partial or total lack of filling of at least one dural sinus and an elevated CSF opening pressure (>25 mm Hg) on lumbar puncture.” We have recently reported 8 BD patients with pseudotumor cerebri who did not have cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) on MRI or MRV (2). Partial or total lack of filling of one venous sinus does not constitute the pathophysiological basis for intracranial hypertension; either the sagittal sinus must be occluded, or if only one transverse sinus is occluded then the other needs to be stenosed (3). It would be interesting to know what a review of their patient’s images by a neuro-radiologist would reveal.

    1: Alghamdi A, Bodaghi B, Comarmond C, Desbois AC, Domont F, Wechsler B, Depaz R, Le Hoang P, Cacoub P, Touitou V, Saadoun D. Neuro-ophthalmological manifestations of Behçet's disease. Br J Ophthalmol. 2018 Apr 26. pii: bjophthalmol-2017-311334. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2017-311334.
    2: Akdal G, Yaman A, Men S, Çelebisoy N, Toydemir HE, Bajin MS, Akman-Demir G. Pseudotumor cerebri syndrome without cerebral venous sinus thrombosis in Behçet's disease. J Neurol Sci. 2017;383:99-100.
    3: Halmagyi GM, Ahmed RM, Johnston IH. The Pseudo...

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