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Successful Treatment of Peripheral Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy with Cryocoagulation During Retinal Detachment Repair – A New Surgical Technique

Authors Guber J, Lang C, Scholl HPN, Guber I, Valmaggia C

Received 14 February 2020

Accepted for publication 28 April 2020

Published 22 May 2020 Volume 2020:14 Pages 1413—1416

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S249881

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Josef Guber,1,2 Corina Lang,1 Hendrik PN Scholl,2– 4 Ivo Guber,5 Christophe Valmaggia1

1Eye Clinic, Cantonal Hospital Sankt Gallen, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; 2Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland; 3Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB), Basel, Switzerland; 4Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA; 5Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Correspondence: Josef Guber
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Email josef_guber@hotmail.com

Purpose: To evaluate the effect of extrascleral cryocoagulation for the treatment of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) during retinal detachment repair.
Methods: Patients with a rhegmatogenous retinal detachment associated with peripheral PVR Grade C star-folds were included in this study and analysed retrospectively. In all patients, PVR star-folds were treated by extrascleral cryocoagulation.
Results: A total of six patients with a rhegmatogenous retinal detachment associated with at least one peripheral PVR star-fold were included in this study. Reattachment of the retina was successfully achieved in all patients.
Conclusion: This novel and simple technique for the treatment of localized PVR using extrascleral cryocoagulation appears to be a safe and effective approach with favourable surgical success rates.

Keywords: vitrectomy, pars plana vitrectomy, retinal detachment, retinal detachment repair, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, cryotherapy

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