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amaurosis fugax

noun amaurosis fu·gax \ -ˈf(y)ü-ˌgaks \

medical Definition of amaurosis fugax

:temporary partial or complete loss of sight in one eye that is typically caused by an abrupt reduction in blood flow (ischemia) to an eye
  • The occurrence of amaurosis fugax should raise the suspicion of disease in the internal carotid artery, especially when the patient is a man over 40 years old with a bruit below the angle of the jaw.
  • —Jean-Claude GautierThe New England Journal of Medicine5 Aug. 1993

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