Acute visual loss after preoperative embolization of an ethmoidal metastasis

Hufendiek, Karsten; Hufendiek, Katerina; Finkenzeller, Thomas; Helbig, Horst; Framme, Carsten (2012). Acute visual loss after preoperative embolization of an ethmoidal metastasis. International ophthalmology, 32(2), pp. 165-9. Dordrecht: Springer 10.1007/s10792-012-9525-5

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An unintentional embolization of retinal arteries is rare and has been documented as a complication after embolization of arteries supplying head and neck tumors. However, occlusion of the central retinal artery with severe loss of vision has never been reported to be a complication from embolization of tumor-supplying ethmoidal branches of the ophthalmic artery. A 40 year-old male patient with a history of right nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma underwent preoperative radiological embolization of an ethmoidal metastasis after having experienced a life-threatening sinus bleeding. Repeated probing of the ophthalmic artery with an endovascular microcatheter for particle embolization of the tumor-supplying arteries was performed under anticoagulation with heparin. Postoperatively, a standard ophthalmological examination including extended vascular evaluation by angiography was performed. After extended probing of the ophthalmic artery a marked reduction in its blood flow occurred. Despite post-interventional imaging showing persisting perfusion of the central retinal and ciliary arteries, the patient developed complete loss of vision on this side four days later. At this time fundoscopy and fluorescein angiography revealed a recanalized central artery occlusion, while indocyanin angiography showed infarctions of the choroid. Radiological intervention via the ophthalmic artery can result in complete loss of vision, even after limited and transient obstruction of the vessel.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ophthalmology

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Framme, Carsten Karl Josef








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04 Oct 2013 14:23

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05 Dec 2022 14:06

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