Branch retinal vein occlusion associated with quetiapine fumarate

BMC Ophthalmol. 2011 Aug 25:11:24. doi: 10.1186/1471-2415-11-24.


Background: To report a case of branch retinal vein occlusion in a young adult with bipolar mood disorder treated with quetiapine fumarate.

Case presentation: A 29 years old gentleman who was taking quetiapine fumarate for 3 years for bipolar mood disorder, presented with sudden vision loss. He was found to have a superior temporal branch retinal vein occlusion associated with hypercholesterolemia.

Conclusion: Atypical antipsychotic drugs have metabolic side effects which require regular monitoring and prompt treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Adult
  • Antipsychotic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Antipsychotic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bipolar Disorder / drug therapy
  • Dibenzothiazepines / adverse effects*
  • Dibenzothiazepines / therapeutic use
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Quetiapine Fumarate
  • Retina / drug effects
  • Retina / pathology*
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion / chemically induced*
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion / diagnosis
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence
  • Visual Acuity


  • Antipsychotic Agents
  • Dibenzothiazepines
  • Quetiapine Fumarate