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Br J Anaesth. 2009 Dec;103 Suppl 1:i31-40. doi: 10.1093/bja/aep295.

Perioperative visual loss: what do we know, what can we do?

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Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, University of Chicago, 5841 South Maryland Avenue, Box MC 4028, Chicago, IL 60637, USA. sroth@dacc.uchicago.edu

Abstract

Perioperative visual loss (POVL), a rare, but devastating complication, can follow non-ocular surgery. Highest rates of visual loss are with cardiac and spine surgery. The main causes of visual loss after non-ocular surgery are retinal vascular occlusion and ischaemic optic neuropathy. This review updates readers on the incidence, suspected risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment of POVL due to these conditions.

PMID:
20007988
PMCID:
PMC2791856
DOI:
10.1093/bja/aep295
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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