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Cocaine-induced chorioretinal infarction
  1. W Rahman1,
  2. S Thomas1,
  3. M Wiselka2,
  4. K Bibby1
  1. 1
    Department of Ophthalmology, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
  2. 2
    Department of Infectious Diseases, Leicester Royal infirmary, Leicester, UK
  1. W Rahman, Department of Ophthalmology, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK; waheedarahman2002{at}

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Cocaine is one of the most dangerous illicit drugs in use today,1 2 with growing reports of its abuse causing serious complications. We present an unusual case of a previously healthy young man with sudden bilateral visual loss caused by smoking “crack” cocaine.

Case report

A 24-year-old white man presented with a 1-week history of sudden bilateral reduced vision. He had been an intravenous heroin abuser but denied use during the last 7 months. He was on oral flucloxacillin (for an infected burn) and oral methadone (60 mg/day). No stigmata of intravenous drug use were found. Visual acuities were finger-counting bilaterally. The anterior segments were normal with …

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