Central retinal vein occlusion in a migraine patient

Felix Benninger*, Tal Saban, Israel Steiner

*Corresponding author for this work

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We describe a 31-year-old woman with a history of migraines without aura, who presented to our emergency department due to a monocular visual disturbance. This was misdiagnosed as being related to her migraine, however, it was subsequently found to be caused by a central retinal vein occlusion. Patients suffering from migraine can experience visual disturbances in the form of auras. The neuropathological basis for this phenomenon is thought to be a spreading depression in the visual cortex, causing a hemifield active visual phenomenon. Missing the diagnosis of central retinal vein occlusion is common, especially in the setting of an initially normal fundoscopy examination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1833-1834
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Aura
  • Central retinal vein occlusion
  • Migraine
  • Misdiagnosis


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