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Kasodekar VB, Chen JLT
Correspondence: Dr Kasodekar Vaibhav Bhalchandra, email@example.com
Postoperative visual loss after spine surgery is a rare but devastating complication. Although uncommon, reports of postoperative blindness are documented in spine and cardiopulmonary bypass surgeries with an incidence varying between 0.05 percent and one percent. A 62-year-old man presenting with cervical myelopathy underwent C3-C6 posterior laminectomy, decompression and lateral mass plating. Unfortunately, he developed unilateral blindness in his right eye. The potential aetiological factors and ways to prevent this disastrous complication are discussed.
Keywords: blindness, cervical spine surgery, monocular blindness, postoperative blindness, spinal surgery
Singapore Med J 2006; 47(7): 631-633