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Purtscher retinopathy

 

Definition: transient traumatic retinal angiopathy due to a sudden rise in venous pressure, as in compression of the body from seat belt injury; ocular fundi show large white patches associated with the retinal veins about the disk or macula, hemorrhages, and retinal edema; thought to be due to fat embolism from bone marrow.

Synonym(s): Purtscher disease, transient retinopathy, traumatic retinopathy

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