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Cal J Emerg Med. 2005 Jul-Sep; 6(3): 47–51.
PMCID: PMC2906987

Retinal Detachment Diagnosed by Bedside Ultrasound in the Emergency Department

Andy Kahn, MD, Amy L. Kahn, MD,a Chalene A. Corinaldi, MD, RDMS,a,b Fernando L. Benitez, MD, MPH,a and PJ. Christian Fox, MD, RDMSc


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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