May 2005
Volume 46, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2005
Bilateral Choroidal Detachments Due to Massive Pulmonary Embolism
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • L. Crawley
    Ophthalmology, RBH, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • A.A. Gurbaxani
    Ophthalmology, PCEU, Windsor, United Kingdom
  • G. Robinson
    Medicine, WPH, Slough, United Kingdom
  • J. Mc Allister
    Ophthalmology, Prince Charles Eye Unit, Windsor, United Kingdom
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships  L. Crawley, None; A.A. Gurbaxani, None; G. Robinson, None; J. Mc Allister, None.
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2005, Vol.46, 5525. doi:
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      L. Crawley, A.A. Gurbaxani, G. Robinson, J. Mc Allister; Bilateral Choroidal Detachments Due to Massive Pulmonary Embolism . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2005;46(13):5525.

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Abstract: : Purpose: Case Report Methods: Results: Conclusions: We describe a case of an eighty six year old man who suffered a massive pulmonary embolism and was treated in the emergency room with anticoagulants. Twenty four hours later he complained of a fall in vision. This was due to spontaneous choroidal haemorrhage.We consider the most likely mechanism for this patient's choroidal detachment to be low arterial perfusion pressure. Complications of acute massive PE are rare in those who survive the initial insult. This is, to our knowledge the first report of bilateral choroidal detachments in association with PE. Practitioners should be alert to signs of end organ damage following PE, and investigate promptly visual disturbance following a thromboembolic event.

Keywords: choroid 

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