Case Report: Transient cortical blindness following coronary angiography

Yudi Her Oktaviono, Maureen Victoria Kawilarang, Michael Kawilarang, Ruth Irena Gunadi, Petrina Theda Philothra, Makhyan Jibril Al Farabi

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Temporary blindness, also known as transient cortical blindness, is an uncommon impediment of contrast agent usage during angiography procedures. The occurrence of blindness after a cardiac catheterization procedure is rare and its pathophysiology remains largely speculative. The most probable mechanism seems to be contrast agent-related disruption of the blood-brain barrier, possibly initiated by several predisposing factors. This case reports a 52-year-old man with transient vision loss that occurred following coronary angiography. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed no acute pathology and his vision spontaneously returned within approximately 15 hours post-procedure without any requirement of specific therapy. Suggesting that transient cortical blindness may have occurred following coronary angiography which subsequently self-resolved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number439
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Case report
  • Contrast induced blindness
  • Contrast reaction
  • Transient blindness during coronary angiography
  • Transient cortical blindness


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