Bilateral optic neuropathy and subacute cerebellar ataxia were manifestations of a paraneoplastic neurologic disorder in a woman found to have small cell carcinoma of the lung. Serologic tests revealed a neuronal autoantibody specific for CRMP-5, a 62-kd member of the collapsin response-mediating protein family. Unexplained optic neuropathy in the setting of subacute cerebellar ataxia should cause suspicion of a paraneoplastic disorder and prompt testing for this autoantibody, especially in patients at risk for lung carcinoma.
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- Clinical Neurology