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Hemorrhagic Retinopathy after Spondylosis Surgery and Seizure

Kord Valeshabad, Ali*; Francis, Andrew W.; Setlur, Vikram; Chang, Peter; Mieler, William F.; Shahidi, Mahnaz

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000637
CLINICAL COMMUNICATIONS: Clinical Cases
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Purpose To report bilateral hemorrhagic retinopathy in an adult female subject after lumbar spinal surgery and seizure.

Case Report A 38-year-old woman presented with bilateral blurry vision and spots in the visual field. The patient had lumbar spondylosis surgery that was complicated by a dural tear with persistent cerebrospinal fluid leak. Visual symptoms started immediately after witnessed seizure-like activity. At presentation, visual acuity was 20/100 and 20/25 in the right and left eye, respectively. Dilated fundus examination demonstrated bilateral hemorrhagic retinopathy with subhyaloid, intraretinal, and subretinal involvement. At 4-month follow-up, visual acuity improved to 20/60 and 20/20 in the right and left eye, respectively. Dilated fundus examination and fundus photography showed resolution of retinal hemorrhages in both eyes.

Conclusions The first case of bilateral hemorrhagic retinopathy after lumbar spondylosis surgery and witnessed seizure in an adult was reported. Ophthalmic examination may be warranted after episodes of seizure in adults.

*MD, MPH

MD

PhD

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (all authors).

Mahnaz Shahidi Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1855 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612 e-mail: mahnshah@uic.edu

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