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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr1220092511.
Published online Aug 10, 2010. 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
Bharat Kapoor, Khaik kee peh, and S V Raman
Royal Eye Infirmary, Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust, Plymouth, UK
Correspondence to S V Raman, vasant317/at/
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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