Bilateral Retinal Detachments Caused by Severe Preeclampsia Diagnosed with Point-of-Care Ultrasound

CJEM. 2016 Sep;18(5):395-8. doi: 10.1017/cem.2015.76. Epub 2015 Aug 19.


Bilateral retinal detachments are a rare complication of preeclampsia. We present a case report of a patient with an unknown pregnancy who presented with acute bilateral vision loss and elevated blood pressure. Point-of-care ocular ultrasound revealed bilateral retinal detachments. She was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and taken for an urgent caesarean section with the delivery of a 26-week-old infant.

Keywords: preeclampsia; retinal detachment; ultrasonography.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cesarean Section*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Pre-Eclampsia / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Retinal Detachment / diagnostic imaging*
  • Retinal Detachment / etiology*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Ultrasonography / statistics & numerical data*