Flame-shaped Hemorrhage

Flame-shaped hemorrhages in a case of central retinal vein occlusion. Note also the disc edema, dot-blot hemorrhages and cotton-wool spots. 

  • A form of intraretinal hemorrhages
  • Hemorrhage from the superficial capillary plexus.
  • Feather- or flame-shaped hemorrhages with indistinct borders indicate that blood accumulates at the level of nerve fiber layer, reflecting the structure of the nerve fiber layers that run parallel to the retinal surface.