European Spine Journal

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 74–75

Central retinal artery occulusion after spinal surgery

Authors

  • J. Sys
    • Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity Hospital of Antwerp
  • J. Michielsen
    • Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity Hospital of Antwerp
  • E. Mertens
    • Department of OphtalmologyUniversity Hospital of Antwerp
  • J. Verstreken
    • Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity Hospital of Antwerp
  • M. J. Tassignon
    • Department of OphtalmologyUniversity Hospital of Antwerp
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/BF00307832

Cite this article as:
Sys, J., Michielsen, J., Mertens, E. et al. Eur Spine J (1996) 5: 74. doi:10.1007/BF00307832

Abstract

Central retinal artery occlusion can be caused by excessive extrinsic pressure on the eyeball during surgery. It is a rare and severe complication after elective spinal surgery. The authors report a case of central retinal artery occlusion in an adult after posterior lumbar spinal fusion in which a rectangular headrest was used.

Key words

Central retinal artery occlusionSpinal surgeryComplication

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