Monocular blindness due to central retinal artery occlusion in bipolar hemireplacement arthroplasty of the hip

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Though rare, perioperative loss of vision after non-ocular surgeries is a disastrous complication. This has been reported after spine surgery or cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. We present an otherwise healthy 54-year-old man who underwent bipolar hemireplacement for a fractured neck of femur, and developed perioperative monocular visual loss due to central retinal artery occlusion, a complication hither to unrepor ted in hip replacement surgeries. The possible aetiological factors and the measures to prevent this complication are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSingapore Medical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 04-2008


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  • Medicine(all)

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