Purtschers retinopathy

Purtscher's retinopathy

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, haemorrhages, and retinal oedema; thought to be due to fat embolism from bone marrow.

Synonym: purtscher's disease, transient retinopathy, traumatic retinopathy.

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