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Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion

Branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) is a common retinal vascular disease; it is caused by the occlusion of one of the branches of the central retinal vein.  The branch retinal vein is ususally mechanically occluded by a "hardened" (arteriosclerotic) retinal artery where the artery crosses the vein.  Risk factors for arteriosclerosis which can lead to BRVO include hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, and a history of cigaette smoking or tobacco exposure.

 Patients with BRVO usually complain of sudden onset of blurred vision and a visual defect.


 The eye examination findings of acute BRVO include retinal hemorrhages, retinal swelling/edema, and often poor circulation (retinal whitening) in a sector of retina drained by the affected vein.The obstructed vein is dilated and tortuous.