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Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2013 Oct 18;44 Online(6):E11-4. doi: 10.3928/23258160-20131009-01.

Severe worsening of diabetic retinopathy following bariatric surgery.


Intensive glycemic control results in long-term reduction of diabetic retinopathy, although initial short-term worsening of retinopathy is not uncommon. The authors report a patient with a history of stable diabetic retinopathy who, despite achieving abrupt glycemic control following laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, suffered rapid worsening of her retinopathy within 1 month of surgery. Hemoglobin A1c levels were 8.8 preoperatively and declined to 7.2 at 3.5 months postoperatively. Although visual function in the left eye was spared, useful visual acuity was lost in the right eye. Retinal evaluation is recommended in all patients with diabetes mellitus who are considering bariatric surgery, with close follow-up as warranted.

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