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Is it possible to have a retinal hemorrhage from high altitude?

Is it possible to have a retinal hemorrhage from high altitude?

It's possible...: ... But other causes should be ruled out. Retinal hemorrhages are more often caused by uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes, as well as occasional association with bad floaters. The decreased pressure from high altitude has been known to rupture small blood vessels on the white of the eye as well. Have your eye doctor examine you carefully. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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High Altitude (Definition)

As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your ...Read more


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Can I have a retinal hemorrhage from high altitude?

Can I have a retinal hemorrhage from high altitude?

Yes, however:: At altitude above 4300 meters, there are certainly reports of retinal hemorrhage but it can be difficult to exclude other causes.High altitude retinopathy (harh) is seen in up to 29% of everest climbers above 5300 meters. There seems to be an association with altitude sickness raising questions whether slow ascent ; other factors may reduce risk for bleeding in the small vessels of the eye. ...Read more

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Could I have a retinal hemorrhage from altitude?

Could I have a retinal hemorrhage from altitude?

Yes: This is a well described cause of edema and bleeding of the retina when you climb higher than your acclimation. The use of acetazolamide can help but a common associated condition is fluid in the lung which basically halts further climbing and brain fog with confusion and disorientation. ...Read more

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Causes of retinal hemorrhage related to chronic illness?

Causes of retinal hemorrhage related to chronic illness?

Clot problems: Chronic illness that affects the clotting process can lead to increased retinal bleeding. Diabetes frequently causes retinal bleeding of several types. Retinal bleeding is seen in uncontrolled hypertension and some autoimmune diseases. It also can occur in vascular disease such as retinal strokes, and sickle cell anemia and also hematologic malignancies like leukemia. ...Read more

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How long does retinal hemorrhage associated with shaken baby syndrome last?

How long does retinal hemorrhage associated with shaken baby syndrome last?

Retinal hemmorhage t: There is no easy answer. Much depends on other parts of the eye in terms of unseen hidden damage in layers that delay absorption. ...Read more

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Can a child suffer from retinal hemorrhage from falling off the sofa?

Can a child suffer from retinal hemorrhage from falling off the sofa?

NO: Retinal hemmorhage requires high velocity back-and-forth motion. Simple impact, especially from the low height of a typical couch cushion to the floor wouldn't do it. There is an extensive scientific literature about this and some controversy about alternative explanations for the bleeding, all too detailed to summarize here. ...Read more

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What are retinal hemorrhage symptoms and can taking too much biotin cause this ?

What are retinal hemorrhage symptoms and can taking too much biotin cause this ?

No. Loss of vision. : Retinal hemorrhage causes blurry vision and blindness. It can be sudden. It can be a result of trauma but it can't be caused biotin. ...Read more

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What's a retinal hemorrhage?

Bleeding in retina: The retina, the seeing film at the back of the eye, is richly vascularized and vessels can bleed from a variety of conditions. This is termed retinal hemorrhage. It is seen in patients with trauma, diabetes, macular degeneration, sickle cell anemia, leukemia, aplastic anemia, blood clotting abnormalities and a host of rare conditions as well. ...Read more

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What is a retinal hemorrhage?

What is a retinal hemorrhage?

Retinal hemorrhage: Retinal hemorrhages can occur in any of its layers: causes: diabetes, hypertension, macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusion are most common. Vision loss is a not a typical complain at first-depends on the cause. There is no treatment recommended. Referral to the patient`s primary care doctor is recommended to rule out systemic disease. Retinal specialist or a good eye md to treat. ...Read more

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Can a child suffer from retinal hemorrhage from falling off a couch onto a hard wooden floor?

Can a child suffer from retinal hemorrhage from falling off a couch onto a hard wooden floor?

Possible: But depends on severity (height of fall, age of patient) and any retinal or brain hemorrhages in a child not consistent with the story = non-accidental trauma or "shaken baby". ...Read more

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Bleeding In The Back Of The Eye (Definition)

of the eye can refer to either a retinal hemorrhage, vitreous hemorrhage or a retrobulbar hemorrhage. The first 2 located inside the eye and toward the posterior of the eye while the last refers to a bleed ...Read more


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Heavy Bleeding (Definition)

Usually described by physicians as having to change a pad more than every 1-2 hours, passing large clots, change from your previous pattern, needing overnight protection, ...Read more