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Do you have questions about glaucoma and how to talk to your doctor? Do you want to know where you can learn more? The resources below can help you find the information you’re looking for.
The Flammer syndrome describes a combination of symptoms and signs which result from a predisposition to a generally increased sensitivity. The main focus is a modified, mostly increased response of the blood vessels to stimuli like cold or emotional stress and the resulting phenomenon like cold hands. The increased sensitivity also affects other sensations like smell, pain, vibration or medication effects etc.
Certain diseases, such as normal tension glaucoma, can even be induced (among other causes and together with other risk factors) by a Flammer Syndrome. However, most of the associated diseases are primarily caused by other factors such as mutation of a gene. Nevertheless, the Flammer syndrome can influence or modify manifestation and course of such diseases.
The following diseases are indeed seldom, but however often associated with Flammer Syndrome.
- Normal tension glaucoma (see next page)
- Retinal vein occlusions
- Increased retinal venous pressure
- Arterial occlusions in the retina, choroidea and optic nerve head
- Susac syndrom
- Optic nerve compartment syndrome
- Central serous chorioretinopathy
- Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy
- Retinitis pigmentosa
Visit http://www.flammer-syndrome.ch/en/ for more information.
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