From Hair Loss to Vision Loss: Minoxidil-Associated CRVO in a Young Female

    March 2024 in “Case Reports in Ophthalmology
    Lauren Pickel, Pascal Ji, Amr Abdelazim, Nirojini Sivachandran
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    TLDR A young woman developed a vision-threatening eye condition after using minoxidil for hair loss, which improved when she stopped the medication.
    The case report discusses a 34-year-old female who developed Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO), a condition that can lead to vision loss, after using minoxidil for hair loss. The patient had no known vascular risk factors and her condition resolved upon stopping minoxidil. This suggests a potential link between minoxidil use and retinal vascular disorders, possibly by altering retinal circulation. The authors recommend healthcare providers to be aware of this potential risk when prescribing minoxidil, especially to young patients, and to consider possible adverse drug events in patients without traditional risk factors. Further research is needed to fully understand the potential ocular side effects of minoxidil.
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