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Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 930843, 4 pages
Case Report

Acute Central Retinal Vein Occlusion Secondary to Reactive Thrombocytosis after Splenectomy

Department of Ophthalmology, Mevlana University School of Medicine, (Aksinne M., Esmetas S. No. 16) Meram, 42100 Konya, Turkey

Received 20 April 2014; Accepted 28 July 2014; Published 8 September 2014

Academic Editor: Michele Iester

Copyright © 2014 Nursen Oncel Acir 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.


The diagnosis and treatment of central retinal vein occlusion was reported in a young patient. Central retinal vein occlusion was probably related to secondary to reactive thrombocytosis after splenectomy. The patient was treated with steroids for papilledema and administered coumadin and aspirin. The symptoms resolved, and the findings returned to normal within three weeks. Current paper emphasizes that, besides other well-known thrombotic events, reactive thrombocytosis after splenectomy may cause central retinal vein occlusion, which may be the principal symptom of this risky complication. Thus, it can be concluded that followup for thrombocytosis and antithrombotic treatment, when necessary, are essential for these cases.