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Retinal Detachment Diagnosed by Bedside Ultrasound in the Emergency Department

  • Author(s): Kahn, Andy
  • Kahn, Amy L
  • Corinaldi, Chalene A
  • Benitez, Fernando L
  • Fox, J. Christian
  • et al.

This case study describes a patient who presented with vague visual complaints in the right eye, decreased visual acuity in the affected eye, and a difficult initial eye evaluation, including fundoscopic and slit lamp examinations, in the emergency department (ED). The preliminary finding included a darkened-appearing area of the retina on fundoscopic exam. The patient subsequently had bedside sonography of the eyes done by an emergency medicine (EM) intern which revealed a thin and serpentine strip appearing as a hyperechoic representation of the retina floating freely into the vitreous from the superior-lateral section of the posterior globe.

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