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Hemi-retinal vein occlusion in a young patient with COVID-19

Authors
  • Finn, Avni P.1
  • Khurana, Rahul N.1, 2
  • Chang, Louis K.1
  • 1 Northern California Retina Vitreous Associates, Mountain View, CA, USA
  • 2 Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Mar 05, 2021
Volume
22
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ajoc.2021.101046
PMID: 33688598
PMCID: PMC7932851
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Case Report
License
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Abstract

Purpose To report a case of a hemi-retinal vein occlusion (HRVO) in the setting of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Observations A 32-year-old healthy male presented with a paracentral scotoma, retinal hemorrhages, and dilated and tortuous retinal vessels inferiorly in the right eye. He was diagnosed with HRVO in the setting of recent SARS-CoV-2 infection. Conclusions and importance Venous thromboembolic complications and coagulation abnormalities have been widely reported in association with SARS-CoV-2 infection. We highlight this case to raise awareness that a retinal vein occlusion in an otherwise healthy, young patient may be a potential manifestation of the thromboinflammatory state associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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