WHEN a coincidence is duplicated, one wonders whether the sum total of the circumstances do not have a causal relation rather than constitute an unrelated, chance happening.
REPORT OF CASES
—On April 1, 1947, S. L., a man in his late fifties, was operated on for carcinoma of the head of the pancreas. Cyclopropane-oxygen-ether anesthesia was administered from 8:05 to 12:30 a.m., and cholecystojejunostomy was performed. The patient was in shock but recovered well. At 5 p.m. the same day he complained of blurred vision in the right eye.On April 2 ophthalmologic examination disclosed an abrasion of the right cornea, extending over half the surface. Examination of the fundus disclosed closure of the central retinal artery with a typical cherry red spot in the macula. The cornea healed; the vision never returned, and the impression was that of an unusual coincidence of abrasion of the cornea and
GIVNER I, JAFFE N. OCCLUSION OF THE CENTRAL RETINAL ARTERY FOLLOWING ANESTHESIA. Arch Ophthalmol. 1950;43(2):197-201. doi:10.1001/archopht.1950.00910010204001