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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 173-175
A rare case of branch retinal vein occlusion following Sirsasana


Department of Ophthalmology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry, India

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Krishnagopal Srikanth
Department of Ophthalmology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Cuddalore EC Road, Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry - 607 402
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-6131.183715

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Sirsasana is a type of headstand postural yoga in which the body is completely inverted. It is performed with or without wall support. In this position, the body is held upright supported by the forearms, while the crown of the head rests lightly on the floor. This is an advanced pose and should be attempted under the supervision of a qualified yoga instructor. The practice of Sirsasana is postulated to increase blood flow to the brain, improving memory, and other intellectual functions. It is also known to cause causes raised intraocular pressure, decompression retinopathy, glaucomatous visual field defects, central retinal vein occlusion, progression of glaucoma, optic neuropathy, and conjunctival varix thrombosis. We report a case of branch retinal vein occlusion following Sirsasana in a patient with systemic hypertension.


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