Combined central retinal vein and central retinal artery occlusion is a rare complication of compressive or infiltrative optic nerve disease. In this case combined retinal arterial and venous occlusive disease was the presenting sign of metastatic adenocarcinoma to the optic nerve sheath. An optic nerve sheath biopsy led to the diagnosis. Clinicians should be aware that retinal vascular disease can be due to optic nerve disorders including metastatic carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)408-411
Number of pages4
JournalSurvey of Ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2009


  • central retinal artery occlusion
  • central retinal vein occlusion
  • metastatic carcinoma
  • optic nerve sheath

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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