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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 66-68

Bilateral central retinal arterial obstruction following head trauma: A very rare case report

Department of Ophthalmology, SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, Orissa - 753 001, India

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Saumendranath Ghose
Department of Ophthalmology, SCB Medical College and Hospital, P.O: Manglabag, Cuttack, Orissa - 753 001
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.73731

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A 30-year-old patient presented at our outpatient department with complaints of severe loss of vision in both eyes following a head injury six days back. He also had a fracture at left side of the mandible and a few bruises over the left cheek. External ocular examination revealed subconjuctival hemorrhage in the left eye and bilateral sluggishly reacting pupils. Fundus examination showed white- out retina and a cherry red spot at the macula in both eyes. A clinical diagnosis of bilateral central retinal arterial obstruction (CRAO) was made which was later confirmed by fundus fluorescence angiography. Bilateral CRAO is a rare disease usually found in patients with cardiac embolic diseases, giant cell arteritis or systemic vascular inflammations. Our case is the second reported case in English literature of bilateral CRAO following head trauma.

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