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Lamellar macular hole formation following vitrectomy for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment repair

Authors Xirou, Kidess, Kourentis, Xirou, Feretis, Kabanarou S

Received 31 January 2012

Accepted for publication 2 March 2012

Published 12 April 2012 Volume 2012:6 Pages 571—574

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S30107

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Tina Xirou, Andrej Kidess, Christina Kourentis, Vasiliki Xirou, Elias Feretis, Stamatina A Kabanarou
Retina Department, Hellenic Red Cross General Hospital, Athens, Greece

Background: The purpose of this study was to investigate lamellar macular hole formation in six patients after rhegmatogenous retinal detachment repair.
Methods: A retrospective review of medical records of patients who underwent primary pars plana vitrectomy for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment repair was performed. Optical coherence tomography characteristics and best-corrected visual acuity were evaluated. Patients who developed lamellar macular hole after pars plana vitrectomy for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment repair were identified.
Results: A total of 1185 eyes underwent pars plana vitrectomy for retinal detachment between 2004 and 2009. Optical coherence tomography evaluation was available in 450 cases. Six of these cases demonstrated lamellar macular hole formation, which was diagnosed by OCT-3. The mean time from retinal detachment surgery to lamellar hole diagnosis was 4.1 months. The presence of an epiretinal membrane on the surface of the juxtafoveal retina was a common finding in all six patients. Visual acuity was improved after successful retinal reattachment and remained unchanged after lamellar hole formation.
Conclusion: Lamellar macular holes developing after pars plana vitrectomy is a rare complication. Stability of optical coherence tomography findings and best-corrected visual acuity after lamellar macular hole formation may be observed for at least two years.

Keywords: lamellar macular hole, rhegmatogenous retinal detachment

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