April 18th, 2014

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Friday word: Amaurosis fugax

A Greek medical term again this week ;)
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Amaurosis fugax (from the Greek "amaurosis," meaning dark, and the Latin "fugax," meaning fleeting) refers to a transient loss of vision in one or both eyes. It is often caused by carotid artery disease and can be a sign of impending stroke. It can also be caused by many other factors, including spasm of the blood vessels; and sometimes, a definitive cause cannot be found.

Further info can be found here, if you've a subscription: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/amaurosis-fugax-transient-monocular-or-binocular-visual-loss or other websites :)