Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Emergency Medicine


Dr. Tom Colletti



Purpose: The purpose of this case study is to demonstrate the effectiveness in the utilization of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in the diagnosis of acute optic neuritis. This case study will also highlight the decreased time to diagnosis when utilizing POCUS, as it allows for rapid, bedside interpretation, which also decreases the time to treatment.

Method: This article will be a case study of a 45 year-old male who presented to a level two trauma center with acute onset of left eye pain.

Results: After completion of a thorough history and physical examination, POCUS was utilized at the bedside. Using a transorbital technique, the optic nerve sheath diameter was assessed and was increased at a diameter of 6mm, establishing the diagnosis of acute optic neuritis.


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