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Recovery of postoperative visual loss following treatment of severe anaemia.
Clinical and experimental ophthalmology
Publication types: Case Reports ; Letter Publication Status: ppublish
A 29-year-old pregnant woman noted acute visual loss following emergent Caesarean section complicated by excessive uterine bleeding. Postoperative visual acuity was count fingers in both eyes. Funduscopic changes were consistent with a diagnosis of anaemia-associated ischaemic optic neuropathy and retinopathy. One month later, because of persistent anaemia and poor visual recovery, blood transfusion was given. Following transfusion, the patient's vision improved over the next 6 months. In an otherwise healthy patient, visual loss associated with postoperative blood loss may still be partially reversible with correction of the anaemia, even after a delayed period of time.
Adult, Anemia/etiology, Anemia/therapy, Blindness/etiology, Blindness/physiopathology, Blood Loss, Surgical, Blood Transfusion, Cesarean Section, Female, Humans, Optic Neuropathy, Ischemic/etiology, Postoperative Complications, Pregnancy, Recovery of Function, Retinal Diseases/etiology, Uterine Hemorrhage/complications, Visual Acuity
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