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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 179-181

Postoperative suprachoroidal hemorrhage in a glaucoma patient on low molecular weight heparin


1 Resident, Riyadh Ophthalmology Residency Training Program, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Consultant I, Member of Glaucoma Division at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dora H AlHarkan
Department of Ophthalmology Residency Training Program, Riyadh, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.110618

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Suprachoroidal hemorrhage is a complication associated with intraocular surgery that can occur both intraoperatively and postoperatively. Several intraoperative or postoperative risk factors have been indentified . The use of low-molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is considered one of the risk factors in surgical cases (ocular or non ocular) and non-surgical cases. Here we present a case of suprachoroidal hemorrhage in a glaucoma patient that occurred after preoperative prophylactic LMWH for deep venous thrombosis. The use of LMWH has been reported to cause suprachoroidal hemorrhage even in patients without any risk factors. The use of LMWH continues to increase, hence it is important to be aware of the possibility of suprachoroidal hemorrhage and to determine the risk/benefit ratio, especially in patients with other risk factors.


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