Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 35, Issue 8, pp 799–802 | Cite as

Optic nerve infiltration by acute lymphoblastic leukemia: MRI contribution

  • Maria de Fátima Soares
  • Flávio Túlio Braga
  • Antônio José da Rocha
  • Henrique Manoel Lederman
Case Report


We describe the clinical presentation and imaging features of a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that was complicated by optic nerve infiltration. The clinical and diagnostic characteristics of this complication must be recognized so that optimal therapy can be started to prevent blindness. MR imaging is useful in early detection and should be performed in any leukemic patient with ocular complaints, even during remission.


Leukemia Central nervous system Optic nerve MRI 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria de Fátima Soares
    • 1
  • Flávio Túlio Braga
    • 1
  • Antônio José da Rocha
    • 2
  • Henrique Manoel Lederman
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Paulista School of MedicineFederal University of São Paulo, Serviço de Diagnóstico por Imagem, Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Serviço de Diagnostico por ImagemSanta Casa de Misericórdia de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Division of Diagnostic Imaging in Pediatrics, Department of Diagnostic ImagingPaulista School of Medicine, Federal University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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