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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr1220092511.
Published online 2010 August 10. doi:  10.1136/bcr.12.2009.2511
PMCID: PMC3029597
Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury

An unusual case of acute angle closure glaucoma following argon laser pan retinal photocoagulation


Acute angle closure glaucoma (AACG) is a painful, potentially blinding condition with patients frequently presenting within hours of onset with ocular pain, nausea and vomiting. Argon laser pan-retinal photocoagulation (PRP) is one of the commonest ophthalmic outpatient procedures. It is used in the treatment of vascular disorders of the retina; most commonly diabetic retinopathy. AACG following PRP is a recognised, but rarely occurring, complication. Prompt treatment alleviates pain and improves visual prognosis. The authors report a case of AACG following PRP treatment which was initially mistaken for a viral illness.

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