Case Report

Vision Loss in a Patient with HELLP Syndrome


  • Attila Argın
  • Umut Can Kurtuluş
  • Erdem Dinç

Turk J Ophthalmol 2010;40(6):363-365

A 19-year-old primigravida complained of frontal headache and convulsion at 37 weeks of gestation. She was suspected of having eclampsia and accordingly, cesarean section was performed. Bilateral loss of vision developed on postoperative day 10. The best corrected visual acuity in the right eye was 3/10 and in the left eye was counting fingers at 2 meters. Bilateral anterior segment examination was normal. Fundus examination demonstrated bilateral macular hemorrhage and exudates. Laboratory studies revealed elevated levels of liver enzymes and thrombocytopenia, findings consistent with HELLP syndrome. Besides various ophthalmologic complications, HELLP syndrome may cause development of macular hemorrhage.

Keywords: Eclampsia, HELLP syndrome, macular hemorrhage, pregnancy

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