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Emergency department point-of-care ultrasound diagnosis of submacular hemorrhage presenting as painless loss of vision

  • Mitchell Odom (a1), Nicholas W.C. Herrman (a1), Robert Huang (a1), Christopher Fung (a1), Nikhil Theyyunni (a1) and Michael Cover (a1)...


Ocular complaints prompt a significant number of emergency department (ED) visits, and they can range from benign to sight-threatening. Detailed fundoscopic examination is difficult, even for experienced providers. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is increasingly utilized in the ED for numerous applications, including ocular evaluation. We present a case in which ocular POCUS was used to diagnose a submacular hemorrhage in a patient who presented with acute painless loss of vision. Ocular POCUS can be readily employed to assess for myriad clinically significant pathologies.


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Correspondence to: Dr. Mitchell Odom, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, B1-380 Taubman Health Care Center, SPC 5305, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5305;


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