Relative afferent pupillary defect: an unusual manifestation of carotid artery dissection

Ochsner J. 2012 Summer;12(2):167-9.


We report the case of a man with a carotid dissection who had relative afferent pupillary defect (RAPD) that persisted throughout his hospital course. Other causes for RAPD were quickly ruled out. Carotid dissections often have ophthalmic manifestations-including RAPD, which, although uncommon as a presenting sign, can be tested for with the swinging flashlight test.

Keywords: Carotid artery dissection; dissection; relative afferent pupillary defect; stroke.

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  • Case Reports