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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 70-72

Unilateral central retinal artery occlusion in alcoholic cardiomyopathy

Department of Ophthalmology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

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Olukorede O Adenuga
Department of Ophthalmology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State
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DOI: 10.4103/0331-3131.177958

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Central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) is an ocular emergency that may result in significant functional morbidity. Emboli of cardiac origin are an uncommon cause of retinal artery occlusion and a variety of cardiac disorders including dilated cardiomyopathies may be the source. We present a case of sudden unilateral vision loss in a 38-year-old man with alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM). Ocular examination revealed symptoms of a right CRAO. His visual outcome was poor despite emergency measures taken at presentation. This case should increase the awareness of CRAO as a possible embolic complication in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy.

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