CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Neurosci Rural Pract 2017; 08(S 01): S133-S135
DOI: 10.4103/jnrp.jnrp_63_17
Case Report
Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice

Delayed-onset Reversible Cortical Blindness after Resuscitation from Cardiac Arrest

Aaron de Souza
Department of Neurology, Goa Medical College, Bambolim, Goa, India
Rainha J. de Souza
1  Neuro Care Centre, Margao, Goa, India
Varun R. Pai Kakode
Department of Neurology, Goa Medical College, Bambolim, Goa, India
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Publication Date:
03 September 2019 (online)


We present a patient who presented with cortical blindness (CB) 1 week after repeated cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment for an acute myocardial infarction. He had been revived within 5 min in each instance and was apparently neurologically normal until presentation. Magnetic resonance imaging showed subtle hyperintensities on fluid-attenuated inversion recovery and diffusion-weighted imaging in both temporooccipital cortices. A rapid recovery over the next 2 weeks was remarkable for the appearance of metamorphopsia. CB may present even days to weeks after hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy following cardiac arrest, even in patients apparently without immediate neurological sequelae. The pathogenesis of this phenomenon remains to be fully elucidated, but is likely to be due to delayed effects of anoxia on the occipital cortex and may be analogous to the previously described syndrome of delayed posthypoxic leukoencephalopathy. Prognosis for visual recovery appears to be good.