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Retinal thickness after vitrectomy and internal limiting membrane peeling for macular hole and epiretinal membrane

Authors Kumagai K, Ogino, Furukawa, Hangai, Kazama S, Nishigaki S, Larson

Received 27 January 2012

Accepted for publication 6 March 2012

Published 4 May 2012 Volume 2012:6 Pages 679—688


Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Kazuyuki Kumagai1, Nobuchika Ogino1, Mariko Furukawa2, Masanori Hangai3, Shigeyasu Kazama1, Shirou Nishigaki4, Eric Larson5
1Shinjo Ophthalmologic Institute, Miyazaki, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Kami-iida First General Hospital, Nagoya, 3Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, 4Nishigaki Eye Clinic, Nagoya, 5Miyazaki Prefectural Nursing University, Miyazaki, Japan

Purpose: To determine the retinal thickness (RT), after vitrectomy with internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling, for an idiopathic macular hole (MH) or an epiretinal membrane (ERM). Also, to investigate the effect of a dissociated optic nerve fiber layer (DONFL) appearance on RT.
Methods: A non-randomized, retrospective chart review was performed for 159 patients who had successful closure of a MH, with (n = 148), or without (n = 11), ILM peeling. Also studied were 117 patients who had successful removal of an ERM, with (n = 104), or without (n = 13), ILM peeling. The RT of the nine Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study areas was measured by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). In the MH-with-ILM peeling and ERM-with-ILM peeling groups, the RT of the operated eyes was compared to the corresponding areas of normal fellow eyes. The inner temporal/inner nasal ratio (TNR) was used to assess the effect of ILM peeling on RT. The effects of DONFL appearance on RT were evaluated in only the MH-with-ILM peeling group.
Results: In the MH-with-ILM peeling group, the central, inner nasal, and outer nasal areas of the retina of operated eyes were significantly thicker than the corresponding areas of normal fellow eyes. In addition, the inner temporal, outer temporal, and inner superior retina was significantly thinner than in the corresponding areas of normal fellow eyes. Similar findings were observed regardless of the presence of a DONFL appearance. In the ERM-with-ILM peeling group, the retina of operated eyes was significantly thicker in all areas, except the inner and outer temporal areas. In the MH-with-ILM peeling group, the TNR was 0.86 in operated eyes, and 0.96 in fellow eyes (P < 0.001). In the ERM-with-ILM peeling group, the TNR was 0.84 in operated eyes, and 0.95 in fellow eyes (P < 0.001). TNR in operated eyes of the MH-without-ILM peeling group was 0.98, which was significantly greater than that of the MH-with-ILM peeling group (P < 0.001). TNR in the operated eyes of the ERM-without-ILM peeling group was 0.98, which was significantly greater than that of ERM-with-ILM peeling group (P < 0.001).
Conclusion: The thinning of the temporal retina and thickening of the nasal retina after ILM peeling does not appear to be disease-specific. In addition, changes in RT after ILM peeling are not related to the presence of a DONFL appearance.

Keywords: epiretinal membrane, macular hole, optical coherence tomography, retinal thickness, internal limiting membrane

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