Transient binocular blindness: A rare presentation of aortic dissection

Azizul Fadzli, Wan Jusoh@Ab Rahim and Nik Ahmad Shaiffudin, Nik Him and Rosliza, Yahaya and Nik Arif, Nik Mohamad (2018) Transient binocular blindness: A rare presentation of aortic dissection. Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine, 1 (1). pp. 1-5. ISSN 2309-5407

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Introduction: Aortic dissection is a clinical chameleon that can have variable presenting features that require a careful history and physical examination. A non-specific presentation of this life-threatening condition causes a diagnostic dilemma among clinicians especially in the emergency department leading to grave consequences. Case Presentation: We present a case of aortic dissection that presented as an acute bilateral blindness that was associated with a sudden onset of loss of consciousness and central chest pain. Bedside carotid ultrasound showed a double lumen carotid artery suggesting an intraluminal flap. Computed tomography angiography revealed extensive dissection of the entire length of the aorta. Discussion: This case illustrated the need for a high index of suspicion to diagnose patients with aortic dissection especially as the patient presented with an acute binocular visual loss and chest pain. Conclusion: A bedside carotid artery ultrasound in the emergency department was found useful in screening and diagnosing a carotid artery–related pathology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Binocular blindness, dissecting aneurysm, carotid ultrasound, emergency department
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Rafidah M.Saaid
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2022 03:18
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2022 03:18

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