Published: 2016-12-28

To evaluate the role of pentoxifylline in optic atrophy induced by tuberculosis

Perwez Khan, Martina S. Shambharkar, Lubna Khan, Priyanka Gupta


A 30 year female, presented two years back with complaint of gradual loss of vision in L/E followed by poor vision in R/E and she was diagnosed as having miliary tuberculosis and taken complete ATT. Patient was started on pentoxifylline 400 mg twice daily and observed after 15 days. There was rapid improvement in vision. Patient was followed up at every month for first three months and then every three monthly for two years. For this patient, treatment with oral pentoxifylline 400mg twice daily for two years led to improvement in visual acuity. The improved visual acuity in this patient suggests that pentoxifylline is an effective treatment of optic atrophy of eye in the patients with tuberculosis.


Optic atrophy, Pentoxifylline, Tuberculosis

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