Purtscher-like retinopathy after uncomplicated administration of retrobulbar anesthesia.

Barbara Blodi // Publications // Dec 31 1997

PubMed ID: 9372733

Author(s): Blodi BA, Williams CA. Purtscher-like retinopathy after uncomplicated administration of retrobulbar anesthesia. Am J Ophthalmol. 1997 Nov;124(5):702-3.

Journal: American Journal Of Ophthalmology, Volume 124, Issue 5, Nov 1997

PURPOSE To report a case of Purtscher-like retinopathy after administration of retrobulbar anesthesia for an otherwise uncomplicated cataract extraction.

METHOD Case report.

RESULTS After cataract surgery with retrobulbar anesthesia, the patient followed a typical course of Purtscher-like retinopathy with an initial severe loss of vision followed by a gradual and nearly complete improvement in visual function.

CONCLUSIONS Purtscher-like retinopathy is uncommon after administration of retrobulbar anesthesia but had the same clinical course as other causes of this disorder.