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Common Neuro-Ophthalmic Pitfalls
Case-Based Teaching


  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521713269

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  • Using real-life cases describing patients with neuro-ophthalmic disorders, this book is a case-based teaching tool that bridges the gap between textbook information and everyday clinical practice. Each case illustrates a particular area of frequent diagnostic confusion, and highlights the specific clinical features that should point to the correct diagnosis. Focusing on errors in this way serves as motivation to the clinician to master the material so that 'pitfalls' can be avoided. The level of the case discussions assumes that the reader has some familiarity with basic neuroanatomy, physiology and disease process but each case discussion furnishes a brief review of such information, always with an emphasis on those features that are clinically relevant. The case-histories are succinct and amply illustrated, including motility and fundus photographs, visual fields and radiographic studies. The narrative is moved along with questions to the reader, making it easy to follow the logic of the cases.

    • Includes the most common neuro-ophthalmic disorders encountered by practising neurologists and ophthalmologists – will be immediately relevant to all trainees
    • Case-based approach to teaching clinical neuro-ophthalmology – allows wide coverage of conditions but highlighting the particular aspect of each condition that commonly causes difficulty
    • Questions addressed to the reader - maintains interest and heightens the real-life feel of the book
    • Well-illustrated, including patient material and radiographic studies - will help clinicians detect and identify characteristic abnormalities
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    '… it gives us the tools not to characterise a population but to place a specific case in one category or another: what clinical medicine is all about … Refreshingly, the critical features in each distinction mostly emerge from the history or examination, not some sophisticated test only a tertiary centre could access, and the approach to making the distinctions is clearly laid out and, where possible, given its physiological or pathological explanation. In short, the reader has all he needs to perform - clinically - just as the authors would in his place.' Advances in Clinical Neuroscience & Rehabilitation

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521713269
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 188 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus. 24 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Jonathan D. Trobe, M.D.
    1. When ocular disease is mistaken for neurologic disease
    2. When orbital disease is mistaken for neurologic disease
    3. Mistaking congenital anomalies for acquired disease
    4. Radiographic errors
    5. Incidental findings (seeing but not believing)
    6. Failure of pattern recognition
    7. Clinical findings that are subtle
    8. Misinterpretation of visual fields
    9. Neuro-ophthalmic look-alikes
    10. Over-reliance on negative test results
    11. Over-ordering tests
    12. Management misadventures.

  • Authors

    Valerie A. Purvin, Indiana University Medical Center
    Valerie A. Purvin is Director of the Neuro-ophthalmology Section at the Midwest Eye Institute, Indianapolis, and Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

    Aki Kawasaki, Hopital Ophtalmique Jules Gonin
    Aki Kawasaki is Chief of the Pupil Laboratory, Department of Neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Lausanne Eye Center, Lausanne, Switzerland.

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