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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1497-1500

Electric shock induced Purtscher-like retinopathy

Department of Retina Vitreous, Aravind Eye Hospital, S.N. High Road, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Anuj Sharma
Department of Retina Vitreous, Aravind Eye Hospital, S.N. High Road, Tirunelveli - 627 001, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1737_18

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The most common ocular manifestation following electric shock injury is the development of cataract. Retinal manifestations can vary from development of macular holes to retinal detachments. Purtscher-like retinopathy following electrical injury has not been reported till date. We hereby present a case of a 19-year-old electrician who presented with grossly reduced vision in the right eye of 2 months following an electric shock. The fundus of the right eye showed macular ischemic degeneration, occluded vessels, cotton-wool spots, and hemorrhages. Optical coherence tomography angiography revealed presence of capillary drop-out in the para-foveal region, which was more pronounced in the deep capillary plexus. Electric shock injury can lead to a clinical picture simulating Purtscher's retinopathy. The electrical injury leads to a more extensive damage to the deep capillary plexus as compared with the superficial plexus.

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