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Resolution of vitreomacular traction following intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection in an eye with branch retinal vein occlusion

Authors Seymenoglu G, Kayikcioglu O, Sahin BO

Received 28 May 2012

Accepted for publication 11 July 2012

Published 2 August 2012 Volume 2012:6 Pages 1239—1243


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Göktuğ Seymenoğlu,1 Özcan Kayikçioğlu,1 Bilge Öztürk Şahin2

1Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Celal Bayar University, Manisa, Turkey; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Akhisar State Hospital, Akhisar, Manisa, Turkey

Abstract: A 60-year-old woman with a past medical history of branch retinal vein occlusion presented with decreased vision and metamorphopsia in her left eye. A fundus examination revealed a tortuous retinal vein with a few retinal hemorrhages in the inferotemporal quadrant. Optical coherence tomography revealed a partially separated posterior vitreous membrane pulling up the fovea. The patient refused surgical treatment so intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (4 mg/0.1 mL) was administered. The patient reported resolution of symptoms in her left eye following this treatment, but her visual acuity did not show any improvement. Optical coherence tomography scanning revealed a complete detachment of the posterior hyaloid with release of the vitreomacular traction. In patients with vitreomacular traction and branch retinal vein occlusion, the combination of the possible vitreous liquefaction and mechanical increase of vitreous volume caused by an intravitreal injection with a degree of reduction in retinal thickness may play a role in the resolution of vitreomacular traction.

Keywords: macular edema, vitreomacular traction syndrome, intravitreal injection, posterior vitreous detachment

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