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[Clinical Picture] Embolic central retinal artery occlusion after subcutaneous auricular steroid injection

A healthy 12-year-old boy had a subcutaneous triamcinolone acetonide steroid injection at the site of a keloid on his left earlobe in November, 2008, at a plastic surgery clinic. Within 5 min, he developed left-sided facial numbness, diaphoresis, dizziness, hypaesthesia of the left side of the mouth and tongue, left upper lid ptosis, and nearly complete vision loss in his left eye. Several hours later his systemic symptoms had resolved, he had regained partial vision in his left eye, and his right eye was asymptomatic.