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A new form of retinopathy associated with myocardial infarction treated with percutaneous coronary intervention
  1. N Kinoshita,
  2. A Kakehashi,
  3. T Yasu,
  4. T Katayama,
  5. M Kuroki,
  6. Y Tsurimaki,
  7. R Ono,
  8. H Yamagami,
  9. M Saito,
  10. M Kawakami

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Aim: To report a new form of retinopathy that was observed in patients who had undergone percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) following acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

Methods: Serial ophthalmological examinations were conducted in 40 patients who underwent PCI. Thirty patients were diagnosed with AMI, and another 10 had stable angina pectoris.

Results: Cotton wool spots developed in 17 (57%) patients from the group with AMI undergoing PCI (n = 30) within 2 months. Of these, 41% (seven patients) also developed superficial haemorrhages. Retinopathy was most prominent 1–2 months after AMI and then tended to become quiescent afterwards, without treatment.

Conclusion: We have identified a new form of retinopathy in patients with AMI that spontaneously subsides without treatment.