Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Sudden, severe bilateral vision loss after coronary artery bypass grafting


We describe a rare complication of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in a young man who presented with sudden, severe, bilateral visual loss after surgery. His ophthalmological examination was non-revealing; however, MRI of the brain revealed bilateral occipital lobe infarction. His infarction was presumed to be secondary to emboli arising from surgical manipulation within the atherosclerotic ascending aorta or from a cardiogenic thrombus formed due to perioperative arrhythmia.

  • neurology
  • stroke
  • ophthalmology
  • visual pathway

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.