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J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 1996 Jul;8(3):227-9.

Unilateral blindness due to patient positioning during cervical syringomyelia surgery: unilateral blindness after prone position.

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Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Uludağ University, Bursa, Turkey.


During spinal surgery using a horseshoe headrest with the patient in the prone position, the possibility of central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) increases, and its cause can be attributed primarily to excessive extraocular pressure, a very rare complication. This report describes a case of CRAO, occurring in an adult, after cervical syringomyelia surgery in which a horseshoe headrest was used.

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