MYTHS AND TRUTHS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF RETINAL VASCULAR OCCLUSION WITH COVID-19


Sharma A., Parachuri N., Kumar N., Romano M. R. , Parolini B., ÖZDEK Ş., ...More

RETINA-THE JOURNAL OF RETINAL AND VITREOUS DISEASES, vol.42, no.3, pp.413-416, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/iae.0000000000003371
  • Journal Name: RETINA-THE JOURNAL OF RETINAL AND VITREOUS DISEASES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.413-416
  • Keywords: COVID-19, retinal vein occlusion, retinal artery occlusion, VEIN OCCLUSION, ARTERY-OCCLUSION
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Purpose: To critically review data published in the recent past to scrutinize a causal relationship between retinal vascular occlusion and COVID-19. Method: A comprehensive literature search was performed on Pubmed with the key words retinal vascular occlusion, retinal vein occlusion, retinal artery occlusion, and COVID-19. Results: A total of 17 case reports were published during this period, and 10 were on retinal vein occlusion and 7 on retinal artery occlusion. Most of the published reports lacked convincing evidences in one or the other aspects, such as insufficient laboratory workup or presence of multiple confounding risk factors. Conclusion: In this index article, strength of the data is insufficient to establish a definitive cause-and-effect relationship of retinal vascular occlusive disorders with COVID-19. Hence, clinicians can continue to manage these cases according to the standard guidelines until there are more robust evidences to support this association to alter the diagnostic and treatment modalities.