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An Unusual Presentation of Retinal Detachment and Conjunctivitis: A Case Report

  • Author(s): Pierce, Bailey
  • Alter, Scott M.
  • Gerakopoulos, Kyle
  • Parmar, Jeniel
  • et al.
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Introduction: Vision loss is an ophthalmologic emergency with broad differential requiring prompt medical attention.

Case Report: We describe a 55-year-old male presenting to the emergency department (ED) with unilateral, painless visual field deficit with ipsilateral conjunctivitis induced by a presumed foreign body. The patient described a foreign body sensation nine days prior to developing visual changes. In the ED, the patient was diagnosed with a retinal detachment using point-of-care ultrasonography, and emergent ophthalmologic consultation was obtained.

Conclusion: Concurrent retinal detachment and conjunctivitis in a patient is extremely rare. Healthcare providers should be aware that foreign body-induced conjunctivitis could lead to retinal detachment.

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