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vol. 39
Review paper

Retinal artery occlusion and its association with stroke – literature review

Joanna Roskal-Wałek
1, 2
Jerzy Mackiewicz
Paweł Wałek
2, 4
Marcin Gregorczyk
Michał Biskup
Beata Wożakowska-Kapłon
2, 4
Dominik Odrobina
2, 5

Department of Ophthalmology, Voivodeship Regional Hospital, Kielce, Poland Head of the Department: Michał Biskup MD
Collegium Medicum, Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland Head of the Collegium: Prof. Marianna Janion MD, PhD
Department of Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland Head of the Department: Prof. Jerzy Mackiewicz MD, PhD
1st Clinic of Cardiology and Electrotherapy, Swietokrzyskie Cardiology Centre, Kielce, Poland Head of the Clinic: Prof. Beata Wożakowska-Kapłon MD, PhD
Ophthalmology Clinic Boni Fratres Lodziensis, Lodz, Poland Head of the Clinic: Piotr Gozdek MD, PhD
Medical Studies/Studia Medyczne 2023; 39 (1): 55–64
Online publish date: 2023/03/31
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Retinal artery occlusion (RAO) leads to acute retinal ischemia. Despite the low incidence rate of RAO, the occurrence of this condition has very important clinical implications. It is an emergency condition that requires urgent diagnostic evaluation and treatment. RAO is the ocular equivalent of acute cerebral ischemia. Patients with RAO have similar etiology and risk factors to patients with ischemic stroke and also are at high risk of subsequent cardiovascular events. However, the impact of RAO on the risk of a further ischemic stroke is still a matter of debate. Herein, we present a literature review on the relationship between RAO and stroke.

stroke, retinal artery occlusion, cerebral small vessel disease

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