Cilioretinal artery occlusion during coronary catheterization

Anat Loewenstein*, Michaella Goldstein, Arie Roth, Moshe Lazar

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Purpose: To report on a patient with cilioretinal artery occlusion during cardiac catheterization. Methods: A 51-year-old man complained of blurred vision in the left eye immediately following cardiac catheterization. Visual acuity was 6/12 and the eye had a dense central scotoma. Results: Mild retinal whitening of the posterior pole and segmented filling of the cilio-retinal artery established the diagnosis of cilioretinal artery occlusion. Immediate paracentesis was performed. Two weeks later, a tiny central scotoma could be observed and visual acuity was 6/6. Conclusions: Cardiac catheterization may result in retinal infarction. Awareness to any visual symptoms, immediate diagnosis and prompt intervention may prevent permanent visual impairment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-718
Number of pages2
JournalActa Ophthalmologica Scandinavica
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cilioretinal artery occlusion
  • Paracentesis of anterior chamber


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