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Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1993 Jul;18(9):1226-8.

Central retinal artery occlusion after scoliosis surgery with a horseshoe headrest. Case report and literature review.

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University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Central retinal artery occlusion is a well-documented entity that occurs after trauma and embolic, thrombotic, or spasmodic episodes in both children and adults. Its occurrence as a complication of elective surgery is very rare but quite tragic. This report describes a case of central retinal artery occlusion occurring in a child after scoliosis surgery in which a horseshoe headrest was used. Recommendations are given on how to avoid this serious complication.

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