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Visual deterioration in hyperemesis gravidarum

Mervyn D Ferdinands, Janaka Seneviratne and Owen White
Med J Aust 2005; 182 (11): 585-586.

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  • Mervyn D Ferdinands1
  • Janaka Seneviratne2
  • Owen White3

  • Department of Neurosciences, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: 

Acknowledgements: 

I thank Dr Ian Pettigrew, obstetrician for providing referral information during the patient’s early care.

Competing interests:

None identified.

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