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Unfallchirurg. 2005 Feb;108(2):167-9.

[Purtscher's syndrome. An example of a rare occurrence of ocular complication after thoracic compression trauma].

[Article in German]

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Klinik für Unfall- Hand- und rekonstruktive Chirurgie, Chirurgische Klinik II, Klinikum Salzgitter GmbH, Salzgitter. c.schenk@billroth3.net

Abstract

Purtscher's retinopathy is a traumatic angiopathy, most commonly caused by head and chest trauma. Retinal signs include white ischemic infarcts (cotton-wool spots or Purtscher flecken) and hemorrhages (dot and blot, preretinal, or flame). The prognosis for patients with decreased vision is unpredictable. We report one case of this disease developing 3 days after a motorcycle accident.

PMID:
15729588
DOI:
10.1007/s00113-004-0860-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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