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Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 202834, 3 pages
Case Report

Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion following Dental Extraction

Department of Ophthalmology, Kırıkkale University Medical Faculty, Kırıkkale University Campus, Ankara Road 6 Km, Yahsihan, 71100 Kırıkkale, Turkey

Received 25 September 2014; Accepted 2 December 2014; Published 16 December 2014

Academic Editor: Alexander A. Bialasiewicz

Copyright © 2014 Tevfik Oğurel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aim. To describe a case of branch retinal artery occlusion following dental extraction and to point out the ophthalmic complications of dental procedures to ophthalmologists and dentists. Case. A 51-year-old woman was referred to our clinic with painless sudden visual loss in her left eye after tooth extraction two days ago. In her left eye the best corrected visual acuity was 6/30 and fundus examination revealed peripapillary flame-shaped hemorrhages and pale retina in the upper temporal arcuate. The right eye examination was unremarkable. Conclusion. Dental procedures can lead to miscellaneous ophthalmic complications possibly due to the close proximity of the anatomic structures. Retinal arterial occlusion is a rare but serious cause of permanent visual loss among these dental procedures where the exact pathologic mechanism is still obscure.