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Br J Anaesth. 2005 Aug;95(2):257-60. Epub 2005 Jun 10.

Postoperative visual loss following prone spinal surgery.

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University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.

Abstract

Postoperative visual loss is a rare but disastrous complication that has an estimated incidence of 0.01-1% after non-ocular surgery. We report a patient who underwent a prolonged spinal operation in the prone position and complained of blindness in one eye postoperatively. We consider the potential aetiological factors contributing to this unilateral postoperative visual loss and suggest strategies to reduce the incidence of this complication in spinal surgery.

PMID:
15951324
DOI:
10.1093/bja/aei173
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