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J Neuroophthalmol ; 41(4): e761-e763, 2021 Dec 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1232245


ABSTRACT: It is recommended that every patient with a new third nerve palsy undergo urgent neuroimaging (computed tomography angiography or magnetic resonance angiography) to exclude a posterior communicating artery aneurysm. Because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our institution noted a significant decline in the number of patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage presenting to the hospital. We report one such example of a patient who developed new-onset severe headache and vomiting and did not seek medical attention because of COVID-19. Two months later, she was noted to have ptosis during a routine follow-up and was found to have a complete, pupil-involving third nerve palsy. Computed tomography angiography was performed and revealed an irregular bilobed saccular aneurysm (7 × 9 × 5 mm) of the right posterior communicating (PComm) artery, but no acute hemorrhage was visible on CT. On MRI, immediately adjacent to the aneurysm, there was a small subacute hematoma in the right medial temporal lobe with surrounding vasogenic edema. This case had a fortunate and unique outcome as she had a contained hematoma adjacent to the ruptured PComm aneurysm and did not experience severe morbidity from the subarachnoid hemorrhage nor did she rebleed in the interval in which she did not seek care. This case highlights the importance of providing neuro-ophthalmic care even during a pandemic.

Aneurysm, Ruptured/diagnostic imaging , COVID-19/complications , Intracranial Aneurysm/diagnostic imaging , Oculomotor Nerve Diseases/diagnostic imaging , Aged , Aneurysm, Ruptured/complications , Cerebral Angiography , Female , Humans , Intracranial Aneurysm/complications , Magnetic Resonance Angiography , Oculomotor Nerve Diseases/complications