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Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. 2013 Apr-Jun;20(2):179-81. doi: 10.4103/0974-9233.110618.

Postoperative suprachoroidal hemorrhage in a glaucoma patient on low molecular weight heparin.

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Riyadh Ophthalmology Residency Training Program, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

Suprachoroidal hemorrhage is a complication associated with intraocular surgery that can occur both intraoperatively and postoperatively. Several intraoperative or postoperative risk factors have been identified. The use of low-molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is considered one of the risk factors in surgical cases (ocular or non ocular) and non-surgical cases. Here we present a case of suprachoroidal hemorrhage in a glaucoma patient that occurred after preoperative prophylactic LMWH for deep venous thrombosis. The use of LMWH has been reported to cause suprachoroidal hemorrhage even in patients without any risk factors. The use of LMWH continues to increase, hence it is important to be aware of the possibility of suprachoroidal hemorrhage and to determine the risk/benefit ratio, especially in patients with other risk factors.

KEYWORDS:

Glaucoma; Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage; low-Molecular Weight Heparin

PMID:
23741139
PMCID:
PMC3669497
DOI:
10.4103/0974-9233.110618
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