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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 151-152

Idiopathic pediatric retinal artery occlusion


Department of Retina, Aravind Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

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George J Manayath
Manayath House, Thevara P O, Kochi - 682 013, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.60091

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We report a case of branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO) in a healthy young girl. An eight-year-old girl presented with sudden loss of vision in her left eye. She had a pale retina with macular edema consistent with extensive BRAO. A thorough workup was performed to determine any etiologic factor. All test results were within normal limits. Her visual acuity improved from finger counting to 20/40 over two weeks, on immediate treatment with intravenous steroids (methyl prednisolone). This case suggests that BRAO can occur in healthy children without any detectable systemic or ocular disorders and a dramatic improvement may be achieved with prompt treatment with intravenous steroids.


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