A Case of False Foster-Kennedy Syndrome

  • Xiaobin Xie
  • Ning Fan
  • Ningli Wang
Part of the Advances in Visual Science and Eye Diseases book series (AVSED, volume 2)


The etiology of Foster-Kennedy syndrome, also known as Kennedy’s syndrome or basilar frontal lobe syndrome, involves space-occupying lesions at the basilar part of the frontal lobe, such as abscess, hemangioma, meningioma of the sphenoid ridge, carotid atherosclerosis, arachnoiditis, and brain trauma. In typical Foster-Kennedy syndrome cases, unilateral tumor in the anterior cranial fossa compresses the ipsilateral optic nerve, resulting in ipsilateral optic atrophy, and meanwhile space-occupying lesions induce intracranial hypertension, leading to contralateral optic disc edema. The patient in the case below suffered from Foster-Kennedy syndrome with optic disc edema in one eye and a pale optic disc in the other. What is the mechanism behind this condition?


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaobin Xie
    • 1
  • Ning Fan
    • 2
  • Ningli Wang
    • 3
  1. 1.Eye Hospital of China Academy of Chinese Medical SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Shenzhen Eye Hospital, Shenzhen UniversityShenzhenChina
  3. 3.Department of OphthalmologyBeijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical UniversityBeijingChina

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