Journal article

Vigabatrin-associated visual field defects in children.

IM Russell-Eggitt, DA Mackey, DS Taylor, C Timms, JW Walker

Eye (Lond) | Published : 2000


PURPOSE: Vigabatrin (Sabril), a drug that blocks GABA transaminase, has been used in the treatment of epilepsy since 1989. There have been reports of irreversible constriction of the visual field in adult patients related to vigabatrin (VGB) therapy, resulting in reduced VGB usage in adults. Although used as a second or third line agent in adults, in children it is often considered as a first line treatment for several subgroups of seizures in spite of there being no way, in the majority of cases, to monitor visual fields. Some of these children have a pre-existing visual field defect as part of their primary disorder. We aimed to identify whether visual field loss due to VGB was occurring i..

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