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Clinical Features of Vitreomacular Traction Syndrome with Peripheral Vitreoretinal Adhesion

Authors Fukumoto M, Sato T, Oosuka S, Kida T, Oku H, Ikeda T

Received 22 October 2019

Accepted for publication 14 January 2020

Published 28 January 2020 Volume 2020:14 Pages 281—286


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Masanori Fukumoto, Takaki Sato, Shou Oosuka, Teruyo Kida, Hidehiro Oku, Tsunehiko Ikeda

Department of Ophthalmology, Osaka Medical College, Takatsuki-City, Osaka, Japan

Correspondence: Tsunehiko Ikeda
Department of Ophthalmology, Osaka Medical College, 2-7 Daigaku-Machi, Takatsuki-City, Osaka 569-8686, Japan
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Purpose: To retrospectively review and analyze the clinical and imaging data of patients with vitreomacular traction syndrome (VMTS) with strong peripheral vitreoretinal adhesion.
Subjects and Methods: This retrospective case-series study involved 4 eyes of 4 VMTS patients with vitreoretinal adhesion in both the macular region and the periphery who underwent vitreous surgery. In all 4 cases, preoperative refraction, fundoscopic findings, optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings, and intraoperative findings were evaluated.
Results: The preoperative fundoscopy and OCT findings revealed fibrous membranes around the optic nerve head in 3 eyes. Thickened posterior vitreous membranes extending from the posterior pole to the periphery were observed in all eyes. Apparent VMTS or epimacular membrane was also found in the fellow eyes of 2 patients. The preoperative refractive errors ranged from +0.5 diopters (D) to +2.75 D (mean, +1.13 D). Intraoperatively, a thickened posterior vitreous membrane was found strongly adhered to the retina in the macula regions, optic nerve head, and periphery. In 2 eyes, when artificial posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) was created, an iatrogenic tear developed in the periphery.
Conclusion: The features of VMTS that cause strong peripheral vitreoretinal adhesion include the preoperative presence of a thickened posterior vitreous membrane over a wide area, hypermetropia, and a short axial length.

Keywords: hypermetropic, iatrogenic tear, peripheral vitreoretinal adhesion, posterior vitreous detachment, vitreomacular traction syndrome, vitreous surgery

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