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Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria

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Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. vol.75 no.11 São Paulo Nov. 2017 

Images in Neurology

Terson's syndrome in the context of intracranial hemorrhage

SíndromeTerson no contexto das hemorragias intracranianas

Ana Paula Alves Fonseca1 

Marcos Rosa Júnior2 

1Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Departamento de Radiologia, Vitória ES, Brasil

2Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Departamento de Neurorradiologia, Vitória ES, Brasil

A 62-year-old man was admitted with a hypertensive emergency, anisocoria and decreased level of consciousness. The CT scan showed a hemorrhage in the brainstem and an intraocular hemorrhage (Figure), consistent with Terson's syndrome, a condition that is classically characterized as a vitreous hemorrhage secondary to a subarachnoid hemorrhage. However, it can also be considered as a traumatic hemorrhage and, more rarely, as an intraparenchymal hemorrhage. The etiology has been attributed to a rapid increase in intracranial pressure, resulting in reduced retinal venous drainage and leading to vitreous bleeding. Terson's syndrome is associated a high rate of morbidity and mortality not only in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage1,2,3,4,5.

Figure Computed tomography (CT) showed a hemorrhage in the brainstem and in the vermis of the cerebellum (black arrow in A) and an intraocular hemorrhage in the right eye (white arrow in B), which appeared as spontaneously hyperdense areas on the CT. 


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Received: September 24, 2016; Accepted: August 11, 2017

Correspondence: Marcos Rosa Júnior; Departamento de Neurorradiologia da UFES / Centro de Ciências da Saúde; Avenida Marechal Campos, 1355; 29041-295 Vitória ES, Brasil; E-mail:

Conflict of interest: There is no conflict of interest to declare.

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