European Spine Journal

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 74–75

Central retinal artery occulusion after spinal surgery

  • J. Sys
  • J. Michielsen
  • E. Mertens
  • J. Verstreken
  • M. J. Tassignon
Case Report

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 occlusion Spinal surgery Complication 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Sys
    • 1
  • J. Michielsen
    • 1
  • E. Mertens
    • 2
  • J. Verstreken
    • 1
  • M. J. Tassignon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity Hospital of AntwerpEdegem-AntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Department of OphtalmologyUniversity Hospital of AntwerpEdegem-AntwerpBelgium

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