European Spine Journal

, Volume 21, Supplement 4, pp 495–498 | Cite as

Transient bilateral post-operative visual loss in spinal surgery

  • Nasir A. QuraishiEmail author
  • Jean-Paul Wolinsky
  • Ziya L. Gokaslan
Case Report



Post-operative visual loss (POVL) following spinal surgery is a rare but devastating complication. Although a number of intra-operative and post-operative factors have been implicated, the exact etiology may still remain unclear.


To report a unique case of transient bilateral POVL in a patient who had undergone lumbar surgery in the prone position.

Study design/setting

This patient was followed up prospectively for 1 year.


Prospective follow-up of a single patient following spinal surgery, who developed transient bilateral POVL.


This patient’s visual loss improved within 48 h.


This is the only documented case of POVL to have resolved completely within 48 h.


Post-operative Visual loss Spinal surgery 


Conflict of interest

None of the authors has any potential conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nasir A. Quraishi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jean-Paul Wolinsky
    • 2
  • Ziya L. Gokaslan
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Spine Studies and SurgeryQueens Medical CentreNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryThe Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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