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Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion (BRAO)

BRAO #1

Contributor: John J. Chen, MD, PhD, The University of Iowa

Photographer: Cindy Montague, CRA

posted 8/3/2012

Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion

Figure 1

Image Comments

31-year-old female presented with an acute onset inferonasal visual field defect in the right eye and found to have a superior branch retinal artery occlusion (Figure 1).

No emboli or Hollenhorst plaques were seen in either eye. Workup included an EKG, carotid doppler, cardiac echo, ANA, ACE, RF, CBC, PT/PTT, anticardiolipin ab, RPR, ANCA, ESR/CRP, which were all negative.

Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion, 1 month later

Figure 2

Image Comments

1 month later, the retinal whitening and edema resolved (Figure 2), but she still had a residual inferonasal visual field defect of the right eye (Figure 3, Goldmann Visual Field).

Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion, Goldmann Visual Field

Figure 3



BRAO #2

Contributor: Andrew Doan, MD, PhD, University of Iowa

Submitted June 2004

branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO)

Arrow denotes emboli in inferior arteriole.


BRAO #3

Contributor: Armand P. Fasano, MD, New Jersey, Private Practice

Revised Feb 2008

BRAO (Branched Retinal Artery Occlusion)

Here, multiple yellowish refractile bodies can be seen scattered throughout the arteriols in the superior arcuate region.


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last updated: 08-03-2012