Back to Journals » Clinical Ophthalmology » Volume 5

Evaluation of a partial retinal surface tear by optical coherence tomography

Authors Kawazoe K, Ohno H , Inoue K, Yanagi Y

Published 1 June 2011 Volume 2011:5 Pages 733—734


Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Kenji Kawazoe1, Hisato Ohno1, Kenji Inoue1, Yasuo Yanagi2
1Inouye Eye Hospital, 4-3 Kanda-Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan; 2Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tokyo School of Medicine, 7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract: Differential diagnosis of retinal hemorrhage and partial tear of the retinal surface may be difficult in some cases. A 62-year-old woman was mistakenly followed-up for small retinal hemorrhages for more than 1 year. Blocked fluorescence specific to retinal hemorrhage was not observed by fluorescein angiography (FAG). Optical coherence tomography (OCT) clearly showed defects of the retinal surface indicating partial tears of the surface at the vitreoretinal juncture and not hemorrhage. OCT is a useful and noninvasive device for the differential diagnosis of retinal hemorrhage and partial tear of the retinal surface.

Keywords: OCT, differential diagnosis, retinal surface defect,vitreoretinal juncture over retinal vessels

Creative Commons License © 2011 The Author(s). This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.