Unilateral blindness due to patient positioning during cervical syringomyelia surgery: unilateral blindness after prone position.

Bekar A. , Tureyen K., Aksoy K.

Journal of neurosurgical anesthesiology, vol.8, no.3, pp.227-9, 1996 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/00008506-199607000-00007
  • Title of Journal : Journal of neurosurgical anesthesiology
  • Page Numbers: pp.227-9


During spinal surgery using a horseshoe headrest with the patient in the prone position, the possibility of central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) increases, and its cause can be attributed primarily to excessive extraocular pressure, a very rare complication. This report describes a case of CRAO, occurring in an adult, after cervical syringomyelia surgery in which a horseshoe headrest was used.