Postgrad Med J 79:531-532 doi:10.1136/pmj.79.935.531
  • Case report

Retrobulbar haemorrhage associated with chronic Gingko biloba ingestion

  1. K C S Fong,
  2. P E Kinnear
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Charing Cross Hospital, London
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr Kenneth Fong, Department of Ophthalmology, Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge UB8 3NN, UK; 
  • Received 7 January 2003
  • Accepted 9 March 2003


Retrobulbar haemorrhage is a rare and potentially sight threatening complication after peribulbar local anaesthetic injection for cataract surgery. A case is reported of a woman who developed this complication and was subsequently found to have been taking Gingko biloba extract tablets which may have predisposed her to developing the haemorrhage.