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Branch retinal vein occlusion associated with quetiapine fumarate

Ku Chui Yong1, Tan Aik Kah12*, Yeap Thye Ghee1, Lim Chee Siang3 and Mae-Lynn Catherine Bastion1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC), Jalan Yaacob Latif, Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2 Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Lot 77, Seksyen 22, Kuching Town Land District, Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce, 93150 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

3 Emergency Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC), Jalan Yaacob Latif, Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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BMC Ophthalmology 2011, 11:24  doi:10.1186/1471-2415-11-24

Published: 25 August 2011

Abstract

Background

To report a case of branch retinal vein occlusion in a young adult with bipolar mood disorder treated with quetiapine fumarate.

Case Presentation

A 29 years old gentleman who was taking quetiapine fumarate for 3 years for bipolar mood disorder, presented with sudden vision loss. He was found to have a superior temporal branch retinal vein occlusion associated with hypercholesterolemia.

Conclusion

Atypical antipsychotic drugs have metabolic side effects which require regular monitoring and prompt treatment.