To describe the rapid time course of visual and electroretinographic recovery from vitamin A deficiency in a patient with a history of multiple resected abdominal tumors, including ileal carcinoid and pancreatic adenocarcinoma.Methods:
A 61-year-old white man with a history of resected malignant ileal carcinoid and Stage III pancreatic adenocarcinoma referred with complaints of 6 weeks of difficulty with night vision.Results:
Initial testing showed significantly reduced scotopic rod responses in both eyes and decreased vitamin A levels and a normal cancer-associated retinopathy laboratory panel. He had complete recovery of both his symptoms and full-field electroretinography within 5 days of starting intramuscular vitamin A.Conclusion:
Vitamin A deficiency–related retinopathy after abdominal surgery may be an underreported complication. This case provides a unique clinical perspective in our patient with a history of ileal carcinoid and Stage III pancreatic adenocarcinoma and confirms that rapid symptomatic and electroretinographic recovery is possible with appropriate treatment.