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Diving Hyperb Med. 2016 Mar;46(1):50-3.

Hyperbaric oxygen for the treatment of the rare combination of central retinal vein occlusion and cilioretinal artery occlusion.

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Department of Ophthalmology Acibadem University School of Medicine, Turgut Ozal Boulevard, No: 16 PBX: 34303 Kucukcekmece, Istanbul, Turkey, E-mail:
Department of Ophthalmology, Acibadem University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey.


A 43-year-old male presented with sudden onset of painless, blurred vision in his left eye. Dilated fundoscopic examination showed signs consistent with the diagnosis of a combination of central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) and cilioretinal artery occlusion (CLRAO). He received daily 2-h sessions of hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT), 253 kPa for 14 days. At the end of the HBOT course, the patient's left visual acuity had improved from 20/200 to 20/20. Dilated fundoscopic examination showed that the intra-retinal haemorrhages in the entire retina and the retinal whitening along the course of the CLRA seen at presentation had completely resolved. The combination of CLRAO and CRVO comprises a discrete clinical entity. Even though there are many hypotheses concerning this condition, it is most likely the result of elevated intraluminal pressure in the retinal capillaries due to CRVO that exceeds the pressure in the CLRA. HBOT may be an effective treatment for CRVO-associated CLRAO.


Vision; case report; hyperbaric oxygen therapy; sudden blindness

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