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Morning Glory Syndrome: The Optic Disc Flower in Two Patients

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Beatriz Soares
Elsa Góis
Carla Ferreira
Marco Viera
Nuno Gomes
Optic Disk/abnormalities, Optic Nerve Diseases/congenital


The morning glory syndrome (MGS) was first described by Handmann in 1929. This syndrome is a rare congenital malformation of the optic disc (OD), usually unilateral. Fundus findings include a large OD with indistinct borders surrounded by depigmented areas with a central funnel shaped excavation, glial tissues and straight vessels radiating out. The main purpose of this study is to report 2 cases with this rare syndrome seen at our Ophthalmology department in 2021. We have included 2 patients, one male and one female who presented with complains of vison loss. On examination a diagnosis of MGS was established. Although rare, clinicians must keep in mind the diagnosis of MGS to avoid unnecessary exams and to be able to advise the patients in the best possible way.

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Beatriz Soares, Serviço de Oftalmologia, Hospital Lusíadas Porto, Porto, Portugal

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