Postpartum hemorrhage producing acute ischemic optic neuropathy

Asia Oceania J Obstet Gynaecol. 1993 Sep;19(3):249-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0756.1993.tb00381.x.


A rare case of bilateral peripartum blindness due to acute ischemic optic neuropathy (AION) occurring after an episode of postpartum hemorrhage is described. Massive blood loss and the resultant hypotension was instrumental in reducing the perfusion pressure at the optic nerve head and producing ischemic damage to it.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Blindness / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ischemia / etiology*
  • Optic Nerve / blood supply*
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / etiology*
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / physiopathology
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage / complications*
  • Pregnancy