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Visual deterioration caused by vitamin A deficiency in patients after bariatric surgery

  • J. S. Fok
  • J. Y. Z. Li
  • T. Y. YongEmail author
Case Report

Abstract

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) after bariatric surgery is recognised as a significant post-operative complication that can lead to visual impairment. We report two cases of night blindness and visual impairment caused by VAD after malabsorptive bariatric surgery. Both patients were treated with intramuscular vitamin A replacement and made near complete recovery in their vision. Ocular complications due to VAD should be diagnosed and treated promptly in patients after bariatric surgery because these complications are reversible.

Key words

Bariatric surgery malabsorption night blindness optic atrophy vitamin A deficiency 

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© Editrice Kurtis 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General MedicineFlinders Medical Centre and Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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