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Ophthalmic manifestations of myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein-IgG-associated disorder other than optic neuritis: a systematic review


Background/Aims Optic neuritis (ON) is the primary ophthalmic manifestation of myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein-IgG-associated disorder (MOGAD), but numerous reports have expanded the visual manifestations of this condition. The goal of this study was to synthesise the extensive literature on this topic to help ophthalmologists understand when testing for MOG-IgG should be considered.

Method A systematic review of the English-language literature was performed according to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines and searches were conducted using Ovid MEDLINE (from January 1, 1948 to April 1, 2020) and Ovid EMBASE (from January 1, 1947 to April 1, 2020). Inclusion criteria included studies describing non-isolated ON ophthalmic manifestations where cell-based assays were used for the detection of MOG antibodies.

Results Fifty-one articles representing 62 patients with a median age of 32.0 (range 2–65), female gender (51%) and follow-up of 20.0 months (range: 1–240) were included. Twenty-nine patients had non-isolated ON afferent visual manifestations: uveitis, peripheral ulcerative keratitis, acute macular neuroretinopathy, neuroretinitis, venous stasis retinopathy, large preretinal macular haemorrhage, orbital inflammatory syndrome, orbital apex syndrome, optic perineuritis, papilloedema and homonymous visual field defects. Incomplete recovery of ON was associated with a case of Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy. Efferent ophthalmic manifestations included cranial neuropathies, internuclear ophthalmoplegia, central nystagmus, saccadic intrusions and ocular flutter. Cranial nerve involvement was secondary to enhancement of the cisternal portion or brainstem involvement. All included cases were treated with corticosteroids with 31% of cases requiring additional immunosuppressive therapy.

Conclusions MOGAD has been associated with various afferent and efferent ophthalmic manifestations apart from isolated ON. Awareness of these findings may result in earlier diagnosis and treatment.

  • Optic Nerve
  • Visual pathway

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