Authors: Puledda, Francesca; Schankin, Christoph; Digre, Kathleen; Goadsby, Peter J.;
Source: Current Opinion in Neurology, Volume 31, Number 1, February 2018, pp. 52-58(7)
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Purpose of review
We provide an overview of the neurological condition known as visual snow syndrome. Patients affected by this chronic disorder suffer with a pan-field visual disturbance described as tiny flickering dots, which resemble the static noise of an untuned television.
The term ‘visual snow’ has only appeared in the medical literature very recently. The clinical features of the syndrome have now been reasonably described and the pathophysiology has begun to be explored. This review focuses on what is currently known about visual snow.
Recent evidence suggests visual snow is a complex neurological syndrome characterized by debilitating visual symptoms. It is becoming better understood as it is systematically studied. Perhaps the most important unmet need for the condition is a sufficient understanding of it to generate and test hypotheses about treatment.
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