Edit concept Question Editor Create issue ticket

Acute Hypertensive Retinopathy


  • Yanoff and Duker presents practical, expert, concise guidance on nearly every ophthalmic condition and procedure, equipping you to efficiently overcome whatever clinical challenges you may face.[books.google.com]
  • Retinal hemorrhages are present, the optic disc is swollen, and an exudative retinal detachment ( arrows ) is present inferiorly. Yellow Elschnig spots (asterisk) are present in the macula. B. Fluorescein angiogram corresponding to A.[entokey.com]
  • Hence 64% of the patients presented with cardiovascular involvement.[japi.org]
  • The vital signs upon presentation are summarized in Table 1. The patient’s physical exam showed bilateral costovertebral angle tenderness, and his laboratory tests are summarized in Table 2.[djo.harvard.edu]
  • Bilateral, bullous, and serous detachments are usually present, and are frequently observed in the absence of significant retinal vascular abnormalities.[dovepress.com]
  • Assessment Appearance - Cushingoid, obese Height and weight Upper and lower limb BP measurement Skin: Cafe-au-lait spots, neurofibromas, hirsutism, vasculitis Fundoscopy: hypertensive retinopathy CVS examination: left ventricular hypertrophy, murmurs[rch.org.au]
  • A 26-year-old Latino man with no past medical history of diabetes or hypertension presented to the emergency room complaining of nausea, back pain, fatigue, cough with yellowish sputum, and pleuritic chest pain.[djo.harvard.edu]
  • Exclude secondary causes if not already done so Initial management of hypertensive emergency Assess the patient from an ABCDE perspective Maintain a patent airway: use manoeuvres, adjuncts, supraglottic or definitive airways as indicated and suction any sputum[oxfordmedicaleducation.com]
  • Manual of Hypertension is a comprehensive guide to current medical understanding of hypertension, its complications and management.[books.google.com]
  • […] mmHg and/or diastolic BP (DBP) 120 mmHg Hypertensive urgency: severe hypertension with no evidence of acute end organ damage Hypertensive emergency : severe hypertension with evidence of acute end organ damage Malignant/accelerated hypertension: a hypertensive[oxfordmedicaleducation.com]
  • hypertension Benign essential hypertension (htn) Benign hypertension Bilateral hypertensive retinopathy Essential hypertension Essential hypertension (high blood pressure) Hypertension Hypertension (high blood pressure) Hypertension, uncontrolled Hypertensive[icd10data.com]
  • General indicators of secondary hypertension Young age ( 30 years ) at onset of hypertension or onset of diastolic hypertension at an older age ( 55 years ) Abrupt onset of hypertension End-organ damage that is disproportionate to the degree of hypertension[amboss.com]
  • […] crisis is classified as hypertensive emergency (HTN-E) or hypertensive urgency (HTN-U).[japi.org]
  • ., lisinopril, captopril, enalapril ) Preferred as a first-line drug among patients with diabetes mellitus, renal disease (nephroprotective), ischemic heart disease, and heart failure ACEi and ARBs should not be used in combination Dry cough, angioedema[amboss.com]
Retinal Hemorrhage
  • hemorrhages ( Figure 1 ).[dovepress.com]
  • Small retinal hemorrhages are present, not due to hypertension, but due to diabetic retinopathy. Figure 4-4. Hypertensive retinopathy, grade 4.[entokey.com]
  • There are scattered retinal hemorrhages. There is a sclerosed cilioretinal artery and multiple choroidal vessels appear sclerosed as well.[westcoastretina.com]
  • A dilated retinal examination will detect the variable findings of scattered retinal hemorrhages, white patches of poor circulation (cotton-wool spots), macular fatty deposits (lipid), macular edema, and swollen optic nerves.[eyecenters.com]
  • Findings: Image in 2009: Ophthalmoscopy showed a cotton-wool spot superior of the optic disc resembling an edema of the retinal nerve fiber layer, and several retinal hemorrhages.[atlasophthalmology.net]
Background Retinopathy
  • retinopathy and retinal vascular changes 2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code Code Also any associated hypertension ( I10.- ) Background retinopathy and retinal vascular changes Approximate Synonyms Bilateral hypertensive retinopathy Hypertensive[icd10data.com]
  • I69 Sequelae of cerebrovascular disease ) essential (primary) hypertension involving vessels of eye ( ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H35.0 Background retinopathy and retinal vascular changes 2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code Code Also any associated[icd10data.com]
Flame-shaped Hemorrhage
  • Funduscopic examination shows arteriolar constriction, arteriovenous nicking, vascular wall changes, flame-shaped hemorrhages, cotton-wool spots, yellow hard exudates, and optic disk edema.[msdmanuals.com]
  • Chronic HTN : Arteriovenous crossing changes (“AV nicking”), retinal arteriolar sclerosis (“copper” or “silver” wiring), cotton-wool spots, flame-shaped hemorrhages, arterial macroaneurysms, central or branch occlusion of an artery or vein.[medium.com]
  • Other signs such as photophobia, visual spots and diplopia may be observed, and are usually attributed to posterior cerebral artery vasospasm with ischemia, or to cerebral edema in the occipital area.[dovepress.com]
  • Introduction Focal spasms followed by progressive sclerosis and narrowing of retinal vessels Results in flame hemorrhage from vessel rupture, formation of exudates, and papilledema Presentation Symptoms vision loss Physical exam tortuous retinal veins[medbullets.com]
  • This manifests as hard exudates often in a “macular star” configuration, papilledema (leakage from arterioles supplying optic disk), cotton-wool spots (ischemia to nerve fibers), flame-shaped hemorrhages (necrosis, bleeding), optic nerve head edema.[medium.com]
  • […] intracranial P -no focal brain lesions, ie not the same as brain infarct or hemorrhage -can progress to coma/death severe BP elevation ( 180/120) w/o acute target organ damage -syn: severe asymptomatic HTN -fund: moderate hypertensive retinopathy (NO papilledema[quizlet.com]
  • In severe hypertension, the optic disk becomes congested and edematous (papilledema indicating hypertensive crisis). Diagnosis Diagnosis is by history (duration and severity of hypertension) and funduscopy.[msdmanuals.com]
  • […] asymptomatic Grade II Gunn's sign and marked constriction of vessels and sclerosis of arterioles Grade III Cotton-wool exudates, hard exudates, retinal hemorrhage, retinal edema, macular star formation Decreased and/or blurred vision, headaches Grade IV Papilledema[amboss.com]


  • Systemic workup: This is similar to that of acute central retinal artery obstruction.[entokey.com]
  • An extensive workup was carried out to define the etiology of the renal failure (Table 3). A kidney biopsy was not warranted given the ESRD and the potential complications associated with the procedure.[djo.harvard.edu]
  • The patient was transferred to the intensive care unit for therapeutic management of hypertension and systemic workup.[dovepress.com]
  • The manual features chapters on a range of comorbidities and management of patients with associated conditions, including rheumatic diseases, obesity, obstructive sleep apnoea, renal damage, dyslipidemia and hyperuricemia.[books.google.com]
  • His anemia was though to be anemia of chronic disease secondary to renal failure and his dyslipidemia is consistent with nephrotic syndrome.[djo.harvard.edu]


  • Make optimal use of the newest drug therapies, including Anti-VEGF treatment for wet ARMD and bevacizumab treatment for complications of diabetes.[books.google.com]
  • […] in pregnancy Sodium nitroprusside is used only in hypertensive emergencies Reflex tachycardia Sodium and water retention Cyanide toxicity with long-term use of sodium nitroprusside Pharmacologic treatment in pregnancy First-line treatment: methyldopa[amboss.com]
  • Serial photographs of the retina demonstrated a progressive improvement in the hypertensive retinopathy (Panels B and C) after the successful treatment of the patient's elevated blood pressure.[nejm.org]
  • Treatment It does not exist a specific treatment for the retinopathy hipertensiva. The treatment consists in controlling adequately the arterial pressure.[oftalprat.com]


  • The condition is more common than usually perceived and would have a much worse prognosis than the usual forms of hypertension.[journals.lww.com]
  • Prognosis and Management The visual prognosis for central vision is good unless there are innumerable cotton-wool spots as with entities such as systemic lupus erythematosus, pancreatitis, Purtscher’s retinopathy, or intravenous drug abuse.[entokey.com]
  • The prognosis has improved dramatically over the period of a few decades and with optimal treatment the five-year survival rate is 80%. [ 6 ][patient.info]
  • In a classic study in 1939 Keith and colleagues [5] described the prognosis of people with differing severity of retinopathy.[en.wikipedia.org]
  • Wong & Mitchell (NEJM 2004) evaluated population-based data and developed a simplified prognosis-based classification of different clinical signs.[medium.com]


  • An extensive workup was carried out to define the etiology of the renal failure (Table 3). A kidney biopsy was not warranted given the ESRD and the potential complications associated with the procedure.[djo.harvard.edu]
  • […] glomerulonephritis, polycystic kidney dz, chronic renal dz/failure -endo dz: cushing's, primary aldosteronism, pheochromocytoma, influence of exogenous hormones (glucocorticoids, estrogens) -vascular dz: renal a stenosis, polyarteritis nodosa, coarctation of aorta etiology[quizlet.com]
  • Etiology Clinical features Hypertension is usually asymptomatic until complications of end-organ damage arise or an acute increase in blood pressure occurs (see hypertensive urgency below).[amboss.com]
  • Epidemiology and Etiology The prevalence is uncertain. Cotton-wool spots are seen in over 40% of cases of diabetic retinopathy and also with acute systemic arterial hypertension. No hereditary pattern is known.[entokey.com]
  • Regardless of etiology, acutely or chronically elevated blood pressures can damage the eye, and in particular, the retina. Hypertensive retinopathy is the result of changes to the retinal vasculature in high blood pressure states.[morancore.utah.edu]


  • The book is comprised of 56 chapters, beginning with detailed sections on epidemiology and pathophysiology of hypertension, followed by secondary hypertension. Further sections cover the examination, diagnosis, and management of hypertension.[books.google.com]
  • Epidemiology Hypertensive retinopathy can be divided into chronic and acute phases. The most commonly used classification is the Keith–Wagener–Barker classification.[entokey.com]
  • So far, only epidemiological studies uniformly found that qualitative retinal signs of hypertensive retinopathy are related with incidence of CV disease.[medium.com]
  • Methods Statistics Trigonometry Medical & Nursing Anatomy Anesthesiology Audiology Bacteriology Biochemistry Bioethics Biomedical Science Cardiology Cardiovascular Childbirth Chiropractic Dentistry Dermatology Diagnostic Imaging Drugs Endocrinology Epidemiology[brainscape.com]
  • References: [4] [5] [1] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] Epidemiological data refers to the US, unless otherwise specified.[amboss.com]
Sex distribution
Age distribution


  • The book is comprised of 56 chapters, beginning with detailed sections on epidemiology and pathophysiology of hypertension, followed by secondary hypertension. Further sections cover the examination, diagnosis, and management of hypertension.[books.google.com]
  • Pathophysiology Embolic Hypertensive arteriolar necrosis Inflammatory See Diagnostic Evaluation below Clinical Signs Visual acuity: Central visual acuity is usually unaffected, although patients may note the sudden appearance of corresponding blind spots[entokey.com]
  • Pathophysiology Acute BP elevation typically causes reversible vasoconstriction in retinal blood vessels, and hypertensive crisis may cause optic disk edema.[msdmanuals.com]
  • Glomerulonephritis Chonic pyelonephritis Polycystic kidney disease Endocrine Cushing’s syndrome Conn’s syndrome Acromegaly Hyperthyroidism Phaeochromocytoma Arterial Coarctation of the aorta Drugs Alcohol Cocaine Amphetamines Pregnancy Pre-eclamplsia Pathophysiology[oxfordmedicaleducation.com]
  • […] quite frequently in normal people (3–14% of adult individuals aged 40 years), even without hypertension. [3] Hypertensive retinopathy is commonly considered a diagnostic feature of a hypertensive emergency although it is not invariably present. [4] Pathophysiology[en.wikipedia.org]


  • Prevention Well controlled blood pressure will prevent hypertensive retinopathy. Contact Us Please contact us at (239)390-3339 or click here to use our contact form[retinaandmacula.com]
  • […] alpha- or beta-blockers) If predialysis serum sodium level is 140 mEq/L, dialysate sodium concentration may be decreased to minimize intradialytic sodium gain If patient develops edema, increase ultrafiltration rate to optimize fluid removal (optional) Prevention[clinicaladvisor.com]
  • Prevention The importance of having an examination of the fundus in hypertension patients, age and the presence of other cardiovascular risk factors makes it necessary to follow periodic monitoring from an ophthalmologist, for an examination of the fundus[barraquer.com]
  • Pharmacologic therapy is safe and effective for controlling blood pressure and preventing end-organ changes in this population.[pedsinreview.aappublications.org]
  • Possible symptoms include: Since hypertension is often asymptomatic, regular screening is necessary to prevent end-organ damage![amboss.com]

Ask Question

5000 Characters left Format the text using: # Heading, **bold**, _italic_. HTML code is not allowed.
By publishing this question you agree to the TOS and Privacy policy.
• Use a precise title for your question.
• Ask a specific question and provide age, sex, symptoms, type and duration of treatment.
• Respect your own and other people's privacy, never post full names or contact information.
• Inappropriate questions will be deleted.
• In urgent cases contact a physician, visit a hospital or call an emergency service!