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Eur Spine J. 2012 Jun;21 Suppl 4:S495-8. doi: 10.1007/s00586-011-2117-7. Epub 2011 Dec 15.

Transient bilateral post-operative visual loss in spinal surgery.

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Centre for Spine Studies and Surgery, Queens Medical Centre, West Block, D Floor, Derby Road, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, UK. nasquraishi@hotmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Post-operative visual loss (POVL) following spinal surgery is a rare but devastating complication. Although a number of intra-operative and post-operative factors have been implicated, the exact etiology may still remain unclear.

PURPOSE:

To report a unique case of transient bilateral POVL in a patient who had undergone lumbar surgery in the prone position.

STUDY DESIGN/SETTING:

This patient was followed up prospectively for 1 year.

METHODS:

Prospective follow-up of a single patient following spinal surgery, who developed transient bilateral POVL.

RESULTS:

This patient's visual loss improved within 48 h.

CONCLUSION:

This is the only documented case of POVL to have resolved completely within 48 h.

PMID:
22170448
PMCID:
PMC3369061
DOI:
10.1007/s00586-011-2117-7
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