A case of acute pancreatitis triggering blindness

It's a rare complication, but vision loss with pancreatitis needs investigating, urge reporting doctors

A 39-year-old man came close to losing his sight permanently after experiencing transient blindness with acute pancreatitis, doctors report.

The patient developed some vision loss two days after being hospitalised with acute pancreatitis, but did not tell doctors assuming it was related to the pain he was experiencing.

After another 24 hours, the patient had almost no vision and a fundus examination revealed ‘cotton wool’ spots and retinal haemorrhage.

Doctors diagnosed Purtscher’s retinopathy