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Bilateral serous retinal detachment: an unusual complication of HELLP syndrome
  1. Obaid Imtiyazul Haque,
  2. Abdul Waris and
  3. Syed Asghar Rizvi
  1. Institute of Ophthalmology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & Hospital, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Abdul Waris;{at}


A 23-year-old primigravida presented to the emergency department with reports of headache. On examination, her blood pressure was found to be 190/140 mm Hg. Her laboratory results were notable for proteinuria, deranged liver function and low platelets. She was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome and was delivered via caesarean section. She noticed diminution of vision 2 days after delivery. Fundus examination revealed bilateral serous retinal detachment involving the maculae. She was managed conservatively and had complete recovery of her vision by 3 weeks postpartum.

  • retina
  • pregnancy
  • ophthalmology

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  • Contributors OIH: involved in the patient’s care, draft preparation, editing and submission of the manuscript; AW: involved in revising the article and patient care; SAR: involved in editing the manuscript and acquiring the relevant images.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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